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You have to draw a line somewhere

Like Mason said to Dixon, “You have to draw the line somewhere.”

There is always a time to draw a line and declare a direction. The timing may not always be perfect to make a decision and draw a line representing a defining moment, but what is perfect? As Gen. George S. Patton said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” 

We all need to know our clear expectations, either self-imposed or given by our leaders. When we know we can urgently engage in actions that will help meet expectations, we will then have a direction, and will know how much effort we need to exert to move the needle and effect positive change. 

Far too often, people get so wrapped up in circumstances that they fail to make a decision and draw a line. Making a decision gives liberty and affords opportunity.

Some of the biggest problems in life and business are often a result of not making a decision. When decisions are not made, the matter becomes one of omission and not commission. Things are not happening because of no definitive direction and people wonder why when the answer is obvious. The best thing to do is to zoom out from the circumstance and take a look from 30,000 feet to get a better view of what is really happening. Once you have zoomed out and removed yourself from the emotional impact and confusion that takes place too close to a situation, you will have a better view on reality. You can then draw a line and dive back in and start moving in the right direction.

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