Our decisions shape our destiny. We make hundreds of little decisions everyday. With each decision we are casting our lot toward an expected future. Making the right decisions can alter your destiny. One of the goals of the Ken of Zen coaching model is to empower your decision making through conscious responsibility. This means choosing when all the facts have been fully considered, options defined and the risks/rewards quantified.
This is the conscious and deliberate approach to making good decisions. Consciousness promotes better decisions by allowing you to explicitly weigh pros and cons of multiple alternatives and to choose among them. It also provides you with the means to monitor the anticipated consequences of your decisions and make necessary adjustments.
Paradoxically, good decisions don’t always lead to good results. The world is dynamic. We are often fooled by randomness. Sometimes the best analysis fails to deliver the desired results. Sometimes we think we know more than we actually do. Intuition is a tool we use to make decisions where the probabilities are unclear or unattainable and uncertainty clouds the path ahead. It’s not enough to make the decision.
We have to implement it as well and this presents the next challenge on our path to success. In the execution of every decision there are two opposing factors:
Drive – Drive is simply your motivation to do something. Its what initiates action. It is your drive that energizes your actions to realize your goals.
Inhibition – Inhibition is the opposing force to drive. Its our pains and fears which block the action we intend.
These factors are often unconscious. It’s essential to know consciously what drives your decisions and what inhibits them. Values Clarification brings light and meaning to the process. This dynamic determines both direction and outcomes in life. If our drive to act is sufficiently rewarded we will feel energized and our enthusiam will grow. However, if the pain or fear associated with our actions are greater than the perceived rewards we will be blocked from realizing the goal of our decision.
Ken of Zen seeks to make this dynamic conscious.
If you feel energized by the possibilities the next move is yours. A year from now you will wish you had started today. Invest in your best self now. The journey of a thousand miles begins now. Your Path Starts Here!