May 23, 2018
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
The Latin root of the word decision is cis or cid. As in scissors or decide. Literally, it means to cut off or to kill. So when you decide, you cut off other possibilities and go for one thing.
Excellence comes from cutting out the unnecessary. Many people find this extraordinarily hard to do. Deciding without thinking is something that only the most intuitive can do.
For the rest of us, we need to think hard about the choices we make, and stick to them. And that includes not wasting time worrying about what could have been.
Satisficing is an elision of to satisfy and suffice. If it works and it will do the job, then do it. Now that’s a decision.