What if? What if it was empowering to make a decision?

How many hours do you think you waste in a lifetime worrying about decisions?

I know I’ve done it.  I agonize for ages about the “whats ifs”. There are consequences of making a decision, whether its the right decision or otherwise. 

I recall being told my job was relocating.  I had to decide whether or not to go with it.  I didn’t want to go, the commute was too much and I didn’t really enjoy the job, the alternative was to start my business, but with hubby having just made his own first steps in business it really wasn’t the right time for me.  But then when would be?  What if we both failed?  What If I failed?  Why give up a well paid job?  I found myself in this virtuous circle, never concluding the answer.

I slept on it.

The next day I knew what the answer was.  I had to give my business idea a go.  From that minute on I felt empowered.  I had control of my life back again. It enabled me to take the next steps, start the ball rolling and release myself from the shackles I felt with work.

Angelina Jolie 2003

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have blogged abut this before and I don’t like to repeat myself, however I felt it tied in with the news about Angelina Jolie and her decision to have a double mastectomy which has been publicised this week.  It can not be denied that this would be a tough decision to make, and Angelina has been quoted:

“On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

For me, the lesson is simply, as in my own situation, the act of making a decision on something personal and emotive is an extremely empowering thing to do.  Cast aside the fear of making the decision, without a crystal ball we’ll never know the alternative outcome and must make the decision based on the information we have now.  We can not look back afterwards but to make the decision, frees the mind.

What has empowered you? Please share your stories here



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