It doesn’t have to be a wise decision or a perfect one. Just make one.
In fact, make several. Make more decisions could be your three word mantra.
No decision is a decision as well, the decision not to decide. Not deciding is usually the wrong decision. If you are the go-to person, the one who can decide, you’ll make more of a difference. It doesn’t matter so much that you’re right, it matters that you decided.
Of course it’s risky and painful. That’s why it’s a rare and valuable skill.Seriously, Pastor. Make a decision. Don’t be stupid, but do make a decision. Stop your teetering. Pick a side. Be decisive. Seriously, Church leader. Make a call. The facts will never ALL be in. The situation will never be perfect to make the perfect decision. And most decisions have some inherent risk involved. That’s ok. Risk is a good thing. So… you’ve got five minutes. Just make the decision. And you know exactly which decision I’m talking about. The one that’s been dogging you for days, even weeks or months. Should I do this, or should I do that? Most decisions do not take weeks or months. If you need to… start out slow. Small decision. Any decision. Just make one. I’d love to hear what decision you’ve made, or what decision you’ve been putting off. Anyone transparent enough to share? (You can do so confidentially if you like on this post). PS — You can read more of Seth Godin’s stuff here. It’s all excellent!
Successful people fail often, and, worth noting, learn more from that failure than everyone else.I have the opportunity to work with a ton of really healthy churches… and Â I can tell you that this is a value in each and everyone one of them. Every one of them fails. And every one of them learns from their failures so that they can do better next time. If you look at failure as a negative in your ministry, you probably won’t fail much. And if you don’t fail much, you probably won’t get much right either. This ‘reaching people’ stuff is important stuff. We need to be willing to stick our necks out there, risk a little, and see what works. If we don’t, we’re destined to only more of the same. via Seth’s Blog: How to fail. Thoughts?
If you feel disrespected, the person you disagree with is not going to be a useful partner in figuring out what the right path going forward might be. If one party (employee/customer/investor) only wins when the other party loses, what’s the point of talking about anything but that? Deal with the agenda items and the dignity problems first before you try to work out the right strategic choices.I think that’s great advice. Todd
“We’re hoping to succeed; we’re okay with failure. We just don’t want to land in between.”Seth’s response: He’s serious. Lots of people say this, but few are willing to put themselves at risk, which destroys the likelihood of success and dramatically increases the chance of in between. Ouch. I don’t want to be ‘in between’. Kind of reminds me of New Testament “luke-warm”. And we know what happens if we’re luke-warm. Thoughts? Read more here…
If you think you have no choice but to do what you do now, you’ve already made a serious error.As you go about your day, leading in the most important organization known to man, the church, don’t make a serious error of thinking that you have to do everything they way you did it yesterday or last week. You don’t. In fact… if you do… you may be making a SERIOUS error. More here.