I have been pondering lately hard and soft decisions. We have to know the difference and have the ability to lead ourselves in the area of decision making.
Hard decisions are those we will hold too no matter what. They are the decisions we make that are set in stone.
Soft decisions are those that are more fluid and we will mostly likely uphold them but our commitment level is much lower.
Hard decisions are predetermined and they guide our lives.
Soft decisions should be the ones that are the optional extras.
So often we make the things that should be hard decisions soft, and the things that should be soft decisions hard.
Hey before you click back onto FaceBook let me explain from an example in my life.
For a long time exercise was a set decision for me – I knew it was important and notionally I decided I needed to do it, however the decision was soft. It depended on what finances I had available, weather, energy levels and some days whether the planets were all a lined correctly. I went in spurts.
However now I have made it a hard decision in my life. I have determined that I am going to be 80 and still swimming laps. I may slow down and have to helped out of the pool but I will still be swimming. . Currently I am committed to swimming 30-40 laps 3 times a week. It has become a hard decision.
I now budget time and money towards it and as it is a hard decision, this guides me to do it. On my swim days I don’t wake up in the morning and decide whether to swim . I just wake up , walk the dog and pray , eat breakfast and go for a swim.
The same goes for a bunch of decisions in my life. I don’t wake up and wonder if I should go to work during the week or church on a Sunday – it is a hard decision I go.
Conversely there are some decisions that I have determined are soft. How I spend leisure time is a soft decision, I have found when I create a hard decision in this area I box myself in and that doesn’t work for my personality. I know people who always go out on a Friday night, or always rent a movie on a Sunday night. I have tried to be like that but it doesn’t work for me.
When I make the decisions that should soft into hard decisions, it feels like bondage.
When I make the decision that should hard into soft decisions my life goes off track and get a little aimless.
Lets lead ourselves by making the right decisions hard and the right decisions soft. Apart from anything else it’s exhausting to keep remaking decisions that need to be hard decisions that are made once !
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