Move Forward by Killing Off Choices and Limiting Yourself
Every project, every piece of art, every life, is just a series of decisions — a series of self-imposed limits.
There’s no more sure way to limit yourself than to kill off all of your choices but one.
This is, in fact, what it means to decide.
De • cide with cide meaning to kill and de meaning off or away— literally meaning to kill off or kill away.
When you decide something you are killing off all of your options except for the one you are choosing.
It may sound scary, but we only get places in life by making decisions and limiting ourselves.
An airplane can only get somewhere by setting limits. It requires a certain amount of fuel to fly from point A to point B. It needs to travel at a certain rate of speed to lift from the runway. It needs to be steered in a certain direction to arrive at its desired destination.
There are of course many different types of airplanes and many different pilots. But, they all fly with limits and these limits are just a series of decisions.
Many of us are not fond of making decisions.
Decisions can be scary because they make us feel that by choosing this thing we’re counting ourselves out of that thing. We feel like we’re limiting ourselves.
We’re right. We are limiting ourselves.
The thing is…
Limits create more movement, more progress, and more value. Not making a decision, not killing off other options, means that your life will remain stuck on the ground.
Life is a series of decisions. The best way to move forward, the only way to move forward, is to make a decision and then another and another.
Scared you may make the wrong decision?
Every decision will move you forward — even bad decisions. Bad decisions lead to some of the best learning, which lead to more effective future decisions.
Just keep in mind that it’s better to make a series of small decisions often rather than hesitating so long that you have to make one huge decision.
With a series of small decisions, you can test your way forward and bad decisions won’t effect you too much.
On the other hand, if the huge decision turns out to be a bad decision, your plane may end up somewhere other than your desired destination.
In the end though, the worst mistake you can make is to not choose.
Limit yourself, kill off some options, and get your plane in the air.
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This is Dose #42.