July 11, 2018, My son, who lives in Alexandria, VA, shared this story. He was out jogging early in the morning and came upon a young couple of bicycle riders. They were stopped and seem confused. So, in a friendly manner, he asked them if he could help them. “Yes,” the young male replied. “We don’t know where to start.” ‘My son asked them, “Where do you want to go?” The female said, “We want to bicycle to the Capital.” “Well you’re on the right path,” my son replied. “Follow it until you come to the fork in the trail. Then, take either path, both lead to the Capital. Though you may choose to take the right fork, it is more scenic.”
When business people come to the fork in the road and must make a decision, they’re searching for more than a beautiful path. These seven ideas can help you make better decisions in the future.
- Get good advice from decision makers you trust. Don’t be stubborn, there are people smarter than you and have more experience in making decisions,
- Be sure of the facts; weigh all the variables. Identify the relevant information and discard the rest.
- Faced with a decision, choose wisely. You are free to choose, but you are responsible for the results of your choice. A person can want to not keep up with the advances in their career, but they quickly find themselves out of touch and falling behind in their job.
- Learn from your past decisions. Follow up on the outcome. When you follow up, you gain extra experience that helps with the next choice.
- If possible, don’t rush decisions. Often, problems will solve themselves. If the situation is essential and urgent, don’t procrastinate. A right decision executed today is better than a superior choice next week.
- Trust your instinct.
- Accept responsibility, regardless of the outcome.
As for jogging, bicycling, or giving directions, I’ve decided to leave that to someone else.
BEHAVIOR IS THE OUTFLOW of values gained from education, experience, environment, and entourage. Never cease to increase your knowledge. Seek new experiences. Reside in the appropriate places. Hang with the right people.
IF ON ANY ISSUE you take God’s side, be confident the other side is the enemy.
God places the right people in the church; it is the duty of the church to discover each member’s talent and engage them in opportunities that match their strength.
BY DEFINITION person-to-person kindness involves people-to-people contact. Face-to-face helpfulness is the best example of loving our neighbor.