I know it sounds like I'm ripping off Nike's slogan, but it's the sentiment about making decisions I'm after.
It's a typical Sunday morning and I woke up without any idea of what I wanted to write about. So this is fresh off the grill! I was thinking about how long it sometimes takes me to make decisions, when I ran across this quote of Tina Fey's:
You can't be the kid standing at the top of the water slide, over-thinking it.
You have to go down the chute.
Knowing the images I had, literally of me with our granddaughter Isabelle last year on a water slide, it became obvious what I wanted to write about this morning. This is a relatively short post with a plea for those of you who have been on the fence with ideas and maybe even life-changing directions, just to make a decision!
Seriously, what's the worst that can happen? If you believe in every experience rather than worrying about failure, then everything you do, regardless of the outcome, helps your grow. And, so often when you over-analyze and wait too long, you miss an opportunity to thrive, not just survive!
I'm not saying to jump off the cliff, just remember that so many decisions you make don't come with a net. Sometimes it's just a risk you have to take, but the "net" is your belief in yourself. Your net is your network and closest circle of friends. Your net is your skill set.
On one of the water-slides after Isabelle had already gone, I did over-think it. In my head was a gremlin telling me I was too old for this stuff and being five stories up was not a great idea. I stepped aside in the line and watched on the platform.
First, a little kid who couldn't have been more than seven jumped on the slide and was gone. But it was the next person that took me out of my fear-induced trance. It was an old man who had to be in his mid to late 80's. He smiled, looked at me and said, "Isn't this great? That was my great-grandson!" He jumped and took off down the slide screaming. I went ahead and just jumped, probably screaming louder than he did, but making a memory all along the way.
So, the next time you're on the fence and your decision-making ability is locked up because of fear and worrying about the outcome, follow Tina Fey's advice and just go down the chute. The greatest fuel for success in this business is accomplishing things you didn't think you could do.
As always, make it a great day! Spend time appreciating your spouse, family, and friends. ALWAYS go for the eleven-second hugs and most important of all, put all the decisions on the back burner for today and just spend it wearing a stupid Alfred E. Neuman smile.
"What - me worry?"
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