To D Or Not To D

To-D-or-not-to-DA timid approach to life is not the way to go; live life head on. Many words that start with the letter D prove that point…. To D or not to D… really, there is no question.

Several weeks ago, I was sitting next to a vending machine and as I was sitting there, a couple approached it wanting to get something. Now purchasing something from a vending machine is what most of us would call a no-brainer right? You put in your money, you push a button or two, and you get what you want.

As I watched this couple, I was amazed by how intimidated they were with the process, actually fearful! I am pretty good at reading people and I got the sense that these two were way above average in intelligence, and listening to them speak to each other it was also clear that English was not a second language. That being said one could reasonably deduce that this was probably not the first vending machine they had ever encountered.

But being an observer, I observed, and it made me wonder if their approach to everything in life was as fear-based, analytical, pensive, and restrained… It was painful watching as they inserted each coin then pause to ensure the vending machine was not going to explode on them. Eventually they got their stuff and moved on. But it got me thinking about words that were counter to what I just witnessed and most of them started with the letter D.

To D or not to D… there is no other way to live.

Be Daring – Dare yourself to do and to be anything and everything that you want to be. Dare to dream big. Dare to act big and to take massive action in life. Dare to consider the possibilities rather than limitations. Dare to be your absolute best!

Be Decisive – Decide and then act without much hesitation in all things that you do. Our decisions create our destiny, so no decision… no destiny. Weigh your options if you need to but once you make your decision endeavor to move forward. Maybe it was the wrong decision; fine… make another choice and continue on your way.

Be Deliberate – Do you know what they call a half-hearted swing in baseball? Right… a bunt. Don’t just bunt your way through life; in everything that you do, always try to hit it out of the park. Work hard and commit yourself to what you’re trying to achieve. Deliberate action – not indiscriminate action will get you to where you want to be.

Be Dedicated– Go all in or don’t go at all. Dedicate yourself and all of your resources to your visions and your goals. Don’t be afraid to use everything within your power, your abilities, and your means to solve any problem that is facing you. Better to spend everything that you can to put the odds in your favor than to come up short and end up with lingering questions, or worse, regret.

Be Done – And finally… be done! Finish that project; reach that goal, cross that finish line. Finish what you start always and if you can’t finish it or choose to move on do so only once you know deep within yourself that you gave it your all. If you have lost your motivation and the energy that you once had, and you are thinking of giving up, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Have you done all that you can do? Really?
  2. Do you want to give up because you are tired, or do you want to give up because you are tired of not getting any results?

To D or not to D… I’ll go with the D’s! Unlike the D’s that I got in High School, these D’s are not bad! Can you think of any other powerful words that begin with the letter D?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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