Are your decisions short-changing your full potential?Written by Cynthia Chirinda Hakutangwi
Whilst some of the circumstances we find ourselves in are not entirely of our own making, the sum total of our lives is usually a reflection of the decisions we have made. Each time we make a powerful decision, we step more fully into our own unique, authentic expression. We have the power to change our lives with our decisions. If you think your life and its conditions is holding you back, whatever seems to be preventing you from reaching your full potential is more likely your decisions (or lack thereof) than your circumstances.
Root causes of poor decision making
In my work as an organisational and personal development consultant, I have looked at 360-feedback data from many leaders and compared the behaviour of those who were perceived to be making poor decisions with that of the people perceived to be making very good decisions. Various factors ranging from laziness, failure to anticipate unexpected events, indecisiveness, remaining locked in the past, having no strategic alignment, Over-dependence, isolation, lack of technical depth and failure to communicate effectively all emerged as the most common paths to poor decision making.
Who is making critical decisions for you in your life?
We all make a myriad of decisions every living day of our lives. Some of these are low level with low stakes results which speak more into our personal preferences and less about impact. This is not the case with powerful decisions. These are the ones that change the course of our lives, requiring us to go way beyond reason and logic, straight into our hearts, to find answers that are truthful, though not necessarily popular or easy. Powerful decisions never lead you down the conventional path. Instead, they provide you an opportunity to honour and advance your values. These decisions are real life enactments of what you stand for and who you are. Who is making this level of decisions for you in your life?
We cannot undo the past
The choices we make and the decisions we take have a long lasting impact on our lives. They make us special, put a bar of distinction between us and everyone else. Whether you feel it immediately or not, your life is being shaped by the choices you are making in the present. Sometimes, we make bad choices and often stoop low with misery and regret when we realize our mistake. That is all part of being human. We cannot undo the past, but we can always learn from it. Choices are the building blocks of our lives and despite all the mistakes one makes, a new day brings with itself new opportunities and a whole new world of choices. The present is a gift you need to make the best of, and the core of your future comprises each and every decision you have ever taken. Sometimes we don't allow our mind to think and we make choices too fast. Other times we just want to follow the crowd or to be a popular in the way we make our decisions. We should allow our minds to think through our decisions. Decisions affect and shape our character because our decisions become our habits and that becomes our character.
Cynthia Chirinda Hakutangwi is an Organisational and Personal Development Consultant, a Life Coach, Author, and Strategist. Her latest book, “The Connection Factor: Unlocking your Individual potential through your Connections,” provides some relational nuggets to individuals who seek to establish meaningful, relevant and fulfilling relationships that can unlock their potential. Looking at improving your career, personal effectiveness, communication skills, relationships, focus, faith and happiness? Wholeness Incorporated Coaching offers you strategies you can implement today to achieve your goals. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. LinkedIn: Cynthia Chirinda Hakutangwi. Mobile: 263 717 013 206
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