Making decisions in life is hard. Its a worry. Its a moment in time where all the comforting possibilities are whittled right down to just a few. Its tempting to think of those as limited to success or failure. Maybe even partial success but its more complicated than that.
Ive taken the decision to start businesses, leave businesses, go back to University and even more significant and terrifying decisions in my personal life. To be fair, I think Ive done a good job so far. So far so good.
But how do you know if a decision is the right one? Is there a way to be sure that whatever you pick is the best choice? That it will surpass anything and everything that might have been?
Sorry but Nope.
You can’t know. You’ll never know for sure. You can't examine all of your possible futures and thats just tough.
But, you do know one thing and thats the thing that really matters. No matter how things play out, you will gain from the experience.
That something could be financial, educational, or it could just be a lesson learned. Perhaps a particularly tough one. Its irrelevant, because what you can say for sure is that the results you end up with will never amount to zero.
That decision could end up being just another decision you made in a long string of them. It could also be huge. But the point is you can’t try to quantify it before it has played out. Don’t try to put all the weight of the world in the decision.
A decision is just a single moment in your career. In the scheme of things it really doesn’t matter as long as you’re moving forward. Stop worrying about the things that don’t matter! Trying to figure out whether this is the moment that you “made it” will keep you from moving forward. And it will make it much harder to decide between everything you have going on. Which option will get me my “moment”? Why will it get me “there”?
What’s important is that you decided to do anything at all in the first place.
And what’s likely is that whatever “moment” you’re looking for hasn’t happened yet.
Spend all your time in the in-between space, the time between starting and stopping.
And remember that whatever decision you make, it will get you somewhere.
So go on. Jump. What's the worst that can happen?
Decisions aren’t ever right or wrong.
Your career hasn’t made it or not made it.
The magic is in the jump.