[Photo credit: Sura Nualpradid]

I admire people who can make a big decision and just go for it.  I used to be like that.  I would see something I wanted and go after it with everything I had.  Now that I’m getting older, I struggle more with the concept.  Perhaps it’s the subconscious knowing I have less time to right a perceived wrong.  This means I either accept the status quo or I spend more time in deliberation, seek counsel from friends and family … wait.  Because I want to continue moving forward toward Someday, the changes — or risk-taking — I’m planning for 2012 require baby steps.  Last year I was invited by a friend to participate in a sprint marathon in four years and I accepted the challenge.  In three months I run my first race: baby steps.  This year I set a goal to write a 10,000 word short story.  I write a minimum of 100 words per day toward that effort: baby steps.  Some decisions are a little more manageable and can be made in one long stride: soup or salad, heels or flats.  But for those I may be tempted never to make (and possibly lose out on the best thing that ever happened to me): baby steps.

What kind of a decision-maker are you?