The Road Not Taken: The Art of Decision-Making

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Making a decision can be a very hard process for many people – me included. We make decisions every day, whether it’s what we want to eat for lunch, what we’re wearing out of the house for the day, or what kind of music we want to listen to in the car. These are all simple, everyday decisions that we don’t give a second thought to; but what about the major decisions? These are decisions that we sweat over for weeks, dream about, discuss with virtually everyone we know. These tough decisions, the decisions that are most anxiety-inducing, are always the most rewarding.

I’m reminded of a poem by my favorite writer, Robert Frost, whenever I’m facing a big decision in my life. “The Road Not Taken” is a poem about a person who is facing a fork in the road, and he doesn’t know which path to take. He’s weighing his options about each road and which path will be best for him. Will he make the correct decision? If he picks one path, will he regret not taking the other? In the end, he selects a path and he doesn’t know if it was the right path, but he is confident in his decision.

This poem taught me that failure is not in selecting the wrong path, it’s in not selecting a path at all. Whatever path you choose, or whatever road you take, it will be your own unique path and you will make it the best path for you, the road less traveled by. There is great power in taking a leap of faith and making a decision for yourself, no matter what it is.

I’ve recently made a tough decision for myself, and I am now embarking on my own road less traveled. I have decided to leave the security and comfort of my well-paying job that I’ve held for almost three years in pursuit of something that I actually have a passion for. While I’m still unsure where it is I want to follow my passion, I knew I wouldn’t find it if I continued working where I was. So, I took the leap of faith and I ended my work relationship with that company.

Am I nuts? Probably. Will it be worth it? Certainly.

I don’t know yet where I’m going or what I’m doing next. What I do know is that I will land on my feet. There is no such thing as failure in my book, and whatever I decide to do, I know that I will succeed.

Jobs are important because I have bills and I enjoy survival…but a job isn’t just the money you make, and it took me almost three years to figure that out. I’m ready to enjoy my work and grow not only professionally, but personally as well.

My decision has been made, and I’m not looking back. While my tangible future is unclear, I am 100% confident that my next adventure will be exciting, rewarding, and inspiring.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

 

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