Decision: Taking versus making.

7 February 2006

Usually we talk about making decisions; lately I’ve been talking about taking them. We all do make decisions all the time, but we still make them even when the process is passive and unthinking. I use “taking” to indicate the level of active engagement that I think marks a truly effective process of decision.

Taking a decision implies taking action and taking responsibility for what you do and the outcomes of what you do. Exercising your faculty of decision in this way means taking on life actively as it comes to you, not operating by default.

Take decisions and take charge. It’s the only way to really live.

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