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Day 3, Power of making decisions followed with swift action by Danny J. Stevens

I remember researching replacing the power panel for my Mom and Dad’s home.  Once I felt I had gathered the materials and knowledge I called the power company and had them disconnect the power.  It happened to be in mid September.   No power, it was cold, I had purchased the materials it had to happen!   Some people thought it was a rash decision and not well planned.  I had been studying the electrical codes, basic electricity, spending time at the store asking hundreds of questions.

The benefit I found in making this decision was that I could have spent more time attempting answer the questions what it the Electrical Inspector will not approve the service?  What happens if it takes three weeks to have power restored?   Do I really have the ability to replace the Electrical service?

I had prepared myself and familiarized myself with the electrical code, purchased the approved components, asked the questions I had about the electrical code to actual electricians who offered, for a fee, to do the job.  Even the electricians suggested that it would be best to have the service replaced by professionals.   Instead I had ensured that if I cut the power on a Friday that I had a scheduled inspection on Monday to restore service.   The one item I failed to understand was that the connections in the main needed to be torque.   Not being an electrician I did not understand.  My brother did but it then became an issue to find the wrench so that this part met the inspector’s approval.

Monday the inspector arrived.  After a through inspection he gave the okay to have the Power Company attach to the new service.  It was conditional and we had some modifications to make but it was minor such as labeling the power panel.   The service is still working!  Without making the decision we could have spent months worrying when would be a good time if ever.

We all have stories where we have taken immediate action on a decision.  The result is a sense of power or being able to move boldly in to the future instead of cowering and fearing unseen results.   I can think of many instances where I made a decision and then executed the plan.   One such attempt was sort of disastrous!

I was just learning to ride a bike and dad place training wheels on my bike.   There was a road all the other kids would ride on.  It was difficult to ride on this road with training wheels as it was a gravel road.  I pestered dad to remove the training wheels but he refused.   Finally, he agreed if I could show I could balance myself on the bike.  The trial ride was successful and the training wheels were removed.  I was warned to stay away from that road.  Decision was already made and I headed out to test my new found freedom.   I returned home with several scrapes which I cleaned and treated.

It was a few weeks before I could ride my bike on the gravel road.  I first had to practice riding my bike to increase my balance and confidence before I tried the gravel road again.  I did master the gravel road eventually.   What seems to have caused some pain also earned me the freedom of riding my bike free of the training wheels.

In both my examples a quick decision was made.  One decision was made after some preparation another was made in the moment.  Both could have lead to a variety of alternate endings.  I could have waited to replace the electrical service and spent more time preparing.  I could have hired the Electricians instead of doing the project myself.  The decision to have the training wheels removed result in pain yet it also opened up my world, and increased my confidence.  I believe the results would likely have been similar in both situations.  By waiting I would be giving way to fears and in the end the confidence and the ability to make future decisions would be compromised.  I would love to hear your stories if you would like to share!   What do you see as the benefit of making a focused decision, acting upon it immediately and with conviction?

The question is asked what could you accomplish if you applied a similar level of passion, conviction and action to  a decision?  Tony calls this process as creating momentum.   After I made the decision to replace the electrical service it gave way to upgrading the wiring to code, drafting a plan to build a deck and gaining approval of the city planning department, and remodeling sections of the house.   The decision to write this series leads to many more decisions and it is increasing in momentum.   Prior to this I have been preparing to write for many years.   I started this blog to provide a medium to write and I have yet not with this commitment.

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