Reaction or Decision
Are we deciding or automatically reacting? I was at a stop sign the other day in the hot summer weather here in Nashville, and a thought emerged when I turned left; was that just a reaction to the commonality in my routine drive home, or did I actually decide to turn left? Every day we are presented with opportunities to make decisions. In reality, I think most of us are automatically reacting without really much thought - we just simply do what we make common.
So as I had these thoughts, I decided that for the next couple days I would strive to not react, but rather, decide. When I approached the stop sign again, I decided to go straight instead of right, and after two years of living in my neighborhood, I discovered a better route home. It was a little bit farther, but it had no stop signs and turned out to be quicker. This was an interesting concept to me; it made me stop and consider what else I have just automatically reacted to.
In business, everything revolves around improvement. When we expect no change, we will never invoke it. What if there were new discoveries in the way we conduct business, which were more beneficial – much like in the way I went straight instead of turning right when heading home.
“Too many times we stick to our guns as they say; we become unconsciously static in our decisions.”
After all, for most of us, saying we always do it this way seems safe. We believe that there are more important things to decide than thinking about how to change things up; things we are comfortable with. A few months back, I attended a trade show. One of the topics was, of course, the importance of change - my how the old is