Laws of Success Series – #9 Decisions

The starting point of every journey is the place of decision. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a footstep. That first footstep was the action that followed a particular decision; it is actually a selection of actions and forming opinions via mental processes. Decision-making is the process of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker – socioeconomic status, belief system, knowledge, understanding, experience, emotion and feeling are the building blocks all individual.

Decision usually produces a final choice that may or may not prompt action. A good decision requires accurately weighing the positives and negatives effects of each option, and considering all the alternatives by vigilantly forecasting outcomes. However, it is possible not to have a ‘correct’ decision among the available choices – that is where skills and intellect comes in.

We make tons of quick decisions unconsciously; you’ve made a lot today – the cloth worn, phone calls, picked books, gadgets held, routes followed, words said, actions taken – they are all your decisions. At another time, we just endure the pain of not making any decision by endlessly searching for more information, getting busy with something so as not to have to think about it, or leaving it to the last minute and expects others to help us with our own decision.

You life is a stack of decisions, where you are now is the outcome of numerous decisions taken in the past. Some of them took your forward; others cause stagnation or possibly backwardness. It is also possible that some of them had caused avoidable sufferings and regrets – that is the reason why you must make good decisions. Decision is like a maze where direction taken determines destination or surprisingly arriving at a dead end.

Tossing a coin, sticking a pin in a list or leaving issues to chances is never a way to good decision. The beginning of every success-story embodies a good decision; likewise, failure, poverty and regrets are the fruits of bad decisions.

If you ever wanted to see how busy gyms can be – visit one during the first few weeks of every year. Millions of people worldwide makes “new year resolutions” annually. You don’t have to wait till the end of the year before making resolutions – make them right here, right now; and most importantly – stick to them like a postage stamps. Push your decision to its land of fulfillment by adding actions.

The fulfillment of your dream is in your hand; the dream of living a successful life or dying as a pauper is right at your finger tips – Nobody is to be blamed for anything. It is either you take the decision or time will decide for you.

The business world uses the term SWOT analysis to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Treats of all possibilities in the process of aiding decision-making. The following are the generally accepted steps to decision-making:

  1. Be calm and stay clear of intellectual cobwebs viz: fear, anger, revenge, pride, etc
  2. Think and list all possible solutions or options
  3. Gather enough information to boast your skills and reasoning – you many need to consult experts
  4. Consider, compare and analyze the magnitude all pros and cons – think and search
  5. Prioritize the options
  6. Weighing up the pros and cons of each course of action
  7. Have a Backup plan
  8. Making the decision
  9. Evaluate and refine your decision

Go ahead, make that decision: enroll in that course, carry out the research, try your hands on something else, learn that new language, perform the investment, start the business, implement the project, start the NGO, mend the relationship – whatever, whenever , where – Decide now!

Don’t kill your goal nor waste your plan- Make that decision and See you at the Top

Victor Onanubi is an experienced System Analyst /Programmer @, he can be reached on or


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