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Black Ops

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 8.15.09 PMIn my usual Sunday morning perusal of magazines and the news, I stumbled on this article from Entrepreneur, of which I wanted to comment on one of the points…particularly, #1.

It is this: I believe we have a finite amount of decision-making ability each day.  It’s like a glass that starts full at the beginning of the day, then through decision after decision, we deplete our decision-making abilities.  By the end of the day, we’re drained.  The glass is empty.  What’s troubling is, the glass drains even faster for those of us creating and making new stuff – trying on new ideas, creating new ways of doing stuff and starting.

So, of late, when I’ve been making a ton of decisions (between the day jobs and/or with #STEMPrincess2X, and better yet, my NEXT book(s), which I haven’t really and officially decided on just yet), I’m wearing a lot of…black.  I just put it on in the morning, and forget about it.  It’s the costume for the creative.  The LAST thing I want to drain my decision-making glass on each morning (especially not being a morning person) is what I’m going to wear to work.  In the past, I’ve stood in my closet and contemplated for minutes what to wear.  Now, I don’t even think about it.

I’m not the only one who believes in the theory of having a finite amount of decision-making ability each day.  Said Barack Obama to Vanity Fair, the following quote, which is also cited here:

  • “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” - President Obama

While I don’t agree with President Obama on much, this point we do share in agreement.  There is a finite amount of decision-making ability each of us possesses – it’s like a superpower.  But, we have a finite amount of it.  So, we must pay attention and focus our finite abilities on making decisions that matter, rather than wasting them on things that really don’t.

The next time you see me, and I’m in all black: I’m probably writing something important, or making a huge transition in my life.  Or both.  It’s my black ops suit.  I’d challenge you to think about yours, and better yet, how you can focus your decision-making abilities on what really matters…to you.

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