Midweek Nudge #71

“We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

The Bold Consequences of Bolder Decisions

Grammarly suggested I use the word “spirited” instead of “bold” in the title. I chose against that. That was a decision. We make many of these every day. Some are about word choice, some are about what shirt we’ll wear, and some are about where our life will go in the next few weeks, months or years.

Sometimes, we make a decision despite not having enough data or enough understanding about what will happen as a consequence of it. Those are bold decisions. Decisions that make people roll their eyes or ask you questions like “but, are you certain about this?” to which you’ll usually answer, to their disappointment, “no”.

The thing to accept about these decisions is that every consequence, good or bad, is your own. Once you make a bold decision, whatever it may be for you, it doesn’t matter what happens next. The only denominator between making and avoiding a decision that almost wholly changes your current life or status quo is the question: are you okay with whatever happens next?

If you can answer that with an earnest yes, regardless of all the worst-case scenarios in your head, leap. That’s the thing about a leap of faith. People often stress too much on the leaping when it’s all about the faith.

You had to believe it will all work out, and if it doesn’t, you understood all of it was on you and you alone. 

What’s On My Mind?

Everyone knows exactly what they want. Maybe not as a plan or a series of steps, but most people have an inkling towards what they want in the short- and the long-term. Whether we accept the calling or listen to that voice is a different debate altogether. Of course, Sartre disagrees there, but I think it’s about choices more than it is about not knowing what we want.

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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