Life gives us windows of opportunity, and it is always our choice on how to act on them. The longer you take to act, the less choices you have, until eventually you are left with no choices.
Make no mistake, if you choose to sit back and wait, take time to think things over, you have made the choice of not acting on that opportunity. If you choose not to make a choice, it’s the same as deciding no, or not yet. If you wait to approach your boss about that promotion you deserve, and then it’s filled by someone else. If you wait to tell someone you love them, and then one day they are gone, and you never said the words. You are the one who made the choice, you made the choice by not taking action, waiting to late until that window of opportunity closed.
They say one thing that sets CEOs and high achieving people apart from the rest, is their ability to make choices, and to make them quickly. This certainly doesn’t mean that they never make mistakes, they probably make more of them. But, they at least made a choice, and if it was the wrong choice, they then make another decision quickly to correct the problem.
I find this mirrored in clay. When a pot is freshly thrown off the wheel, I have many choices. I can wrap it up tight and have it slowly dry, giving me more time until the next step. I could alter the pot, by gently pushing the clay, forming it into a totally different shape. I could attach a spout, and or handle on the pot, changing its function completely. Or I could do nothing, leave it to dry freely in the open air. If I choose the last of these options, then very soon I will be left with just one fate for this pot, and that would be to trim the bottom and have it completed as is. If I wait just a tiny bit longer, then all I am left with is an unfinished pot, that is now to dry to work into anything. I am left with a pot that must be reclaimed, and I am left with nothing.
So, the next time you are faced with a decision to make, try to see if you can think like a CEO, or like a potter, and choose right away what your next step is going to be, and when. They always say your first instinct is usually the right one, so don’t second guess yourself, just go for it.
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