“Decision Time! How Will YOU Decide?”
However, you have no process to guide you..
So, you start the “What Ifs?”
“What if I make a mistake? What if they say “NO?” What if they say
“Yes?” What if someone else is better? What if I lose my job or my
family? What if I lose money, or my business
“What If? What if? What if?”
As decision time approaches your stomach starts churning. Your head
is hurting. Your breathing quickens. Your brain, preprogrammed to
avoid danger, presents you with mental pictures of failure. “Who
will this hurt? How will I look if I make a mistake? Will I survive
To avoid the anguish caused by indecision, you need a process for
making tough calls. May I suggest this 3 step
Pray, asking God to send you guidance so that your decision is in
alignment with His will. If you ask, He will send you the questions
to ask and to answer before you decide.
On a clean sheet of paper make three columns. Put a (+) over the
left column and a (-) over the middle column and COI over the right
column. List the positives of your decision in the (+) column and
the negatives in the (-) column.
In that third column, list the costs of inaction, COI, When making
decisions, most people neglect this. What will it cost you in
money, relationships, and further opportunities by how you decide?
Not making a timely decision, or a wrong one, may have positive or
negative future impacts.
For example, you do an excellent job in your department. You assume
that a you will be promoted. Then, someone less talented than you,
gets transferred in to run the department. Do you stay, hoping you
will be promoted later? Do you help the new person to succeed in
order to help the team? Do you leave for a new and better
opportunity? What is the cost of inaction, if you
There is NO guarantee you will always make the best decisions.
However, having a decision making process, fosters better
decisions, while minimizing the effects of mistakes.
Personally, if my decisions are correct 80% of the time, with my
big issues being in that 80%, I am okay with occasional
Finally, once you decide, support your decision completely to have
your best possible outcome!
That is today’s Morning Minute.
Morning Minute: 9/08/23
“Why Does Discipline Matter!”
Robert, a 3rd grader, misbehaves in class. The teacher
calls his mother saying Robert needs to be
Miranda, who sells cosmetics, has a bad day and is rude to a
customer. The customer calls the manager saying Miranda needs to be
Most believe that discipline means punishment. That is not correct!
Punishment may result from the lack of discipline. However,
punishment is NOT discipline.
Discipline is doing what is right, even when unnecessary, to
develop good habits. Then, when doing right is necessary,
the disciplined person’s habit forces them do the right
thing! Here are some examples.
requires that students learn basic algebra to prepare for more
advanced courses. Disciplined students use their basic algebra
skills even when not required, so they will understand equations,
spreadsheets, and more advanced math.
Financial discipline requires establishing a monthly budget.
This budget sets a maximum allowable expense for car payments. When
one car is paid off, financial discipline has the family use the
extra cash each month to pay off the other car so that they may
reach their goal to be debt free.
Each morning, I walk @ 3 miles. This keeps my body in shape and my
mind alert. I started by walking ¾ mile for 2 weeks. Using
physical discipline, I increased the distance ¾ mile every 2
weeks, until reaching my 3 mile daily goal. Now, even though not
required, my habit has me walk 3 miles each day.
Disciplined individuals take control of, and responsibility for,
their actions and their results. Plus, they understand and respect
other people. Control and responsibility, plus respect and
understanding, all lead to relationship
At work, your tasks must be completed before someone else can
complete their work. By controlling your actions to complete your
work on time, you utilize occupational discipline as you
respect that their work is dependent on you completing
At home, family discipline has couples sharing
responsibilities for certain functions such as cleaning, cooking,
and shopping. Being respectful and understanding, when one person
completes their chores ahead of time, they will offer to help their
partner to complete theirs.
Both occupational discipline, and family discipline,
are examples of relationship discipline.
In conclusion, punishment is NOT discipline. And, since all
discipline is mental, as you think, you will act. A disciplined
mind requires certain actions that lead to good habits. Then, those
good habits create great results.
“Why Does Discipline Matter?”