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Leadership in Context Episode 45 Show Notes

Decision Making, pt2

Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci

Episode 045

The DNA of Decision

The word decision is a strong word. It implies finality. The Latin origins of the word means to cut off. When you make a decision, you are eliminating (cutting off) the things you are not going to do—eliminating the obstacles, eliminating the options, cutting off the road behind you and paving the road ahead.

In the Greek, the word picture is peeling something back. It denotes the process of elimination. What have I eliminated? In decision mode, you are getting rid of the options, so you are no longer just waiting. You are whittling down the options to bring clarity.

Related Words

The word decision and the word precision are closely related. Precision is to cut before. Someone who is precise trims down things before. Like taking a sheet of plywood and trimming off the extra that you know you don’t need before you start to map out and make all of the detail cuts.

Incision is closely related as well. It means to cut through. A surgeon, when they make an incision, has to cut through things. Rationally and spiritually speaking, when you have to make a decision, you have to cut through some of the stuff—whatever might be in the way—to see what is really happening.

Understanding the words that share the same root, will give us a better understanding of the process that is happening inside us to come to a decision.

Decision: cutting off

Precision: cutting before

Incision: cutting through

God wants people with fruitful lives that know how to make decisions. When you make a decision, you are cutting off the escape hatches of the other places you could go.

Lack of Clarity

If you seem to be functioning with lack of clarity/focus/vision, there is a good chance there is a lack of decision. You need to be precise and make some incisions to cut through some of the stuff and get to the bottom of what is happening and what needs to happen.

Our decisions will mark us. Our decisions won’t make or break us; that tribute belongs to the Lord. But our decisions will mark us, and how we go about making those decisions will dictate if someone can follow us or not.

Reminder: To make no decision is to make a decision to make no decision.

Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!

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