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Conviction versus Consequence

There’s no system for decision-making that will yield perfect, predictable results every time.

Sometimes you’ll make logical decisions and things wont turn out the way you planned. Other times you’ll make illogical decisions and they will somehow work out.

In a world of fluctuating conditions and ever-changing opinions, there’s only one way, in my not so humble opinion, to achieve consistency and peace in the arena of making choices;

Be guided by your convictions and not by your consequences.

You can’t know for sure who will like what you do, but you can understand the guiding principles for why you do what you do.

When you allow yourself to be guided by consequences, you rarely get to experience peace because you can’t know if you did the right thing until you observe the world’s reaction to your choice. Furthermore, even if that reaction is pleasant, you can never be sure that it wont change. What works in the present may cease to be effective in the future. People who are guided by consequences are always subtly aware of this and their sense of security tends to indefinitely hang in the balance.

When you allow yourself to be guided by convictions, however, you get to experience peace before, during, and after the decision-making process. Why? Because you’re not making decisions because you know they will work. You’re making decisions because you know that the happiness which can only come from being true to yourself demands it. Whether it works or not, you always know you did the right thing. Even when others disapprove of your choices, you rests content with the knowledge that societal disapproval is always a lighter burden to bear than self-condemnation.

Whatever it is that your heart truly desires to do, just do it. Stop trying to figure out what the “right” decision is based on what you think will or will not work. That part isn’t up to you. The part that’s up to you is to be faithful to your convictions. When you choose that path, everything else works out the way it’s supposed to whether that’s initially obvious to you or not.

At least that’s my two cents.


T.K. Coleman

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