Mindset Part III: Choice & Decision - They are not the same thing!

Choice & Decision - They are not the same thing!

The words “choice” and “decision” are often used interchangeably. Yet, when you think about it, are they the same thing? In practice, although we often use the words freely to mean the same thing, it depends on how you define the words.

Choice, then, is selection from alternatives.

Decision is a more general term that does not imply the existence of alternatives. It is driven more by needs, goals and problems than by simply encountering a set of choices.

“CIDE”

Focus and discipline then go hand in hand.

Focus and discipline then go hand in hand.

The suffix, “cide” means to “kill off” and “eliminate” other things. GenoCIDE, pestiCIDE, homiCIDE etc.

So, when we deCIDE we are in fact, “killing off” other choices that may have been available to us. This can be a blessing and a curse depending on your goal, but here, we can really work on focusing our efforts towards an important objective, and use decision to our advantage. Our very own Coach, Matt Crush(@coach_crush), stated so poignantly how Coach Charles Poliquin has a great article called "The Myth of Discipline"' where he argues people make decisions based on what they love the most rather than some form of self-discipline.

If you chase 2 rabbits….

The quote, "If you chase two rabbits, you go home hungry," depicts the thought of making a decision; a decision to focusing on one goal at a time. Sure, we can tie in other goals, want and needs, but like a dog with a bone, more often than not, we achieve greater results working toward achieving one primary objective. For example: training to run your first marathon and attempting to achieve a double bodyweight deadlift at the same time is counter intuitive. Not because the goals are conflicting necessarily, but the risk of injury is likely increased, as are the time requirements to complete both programs to a high level to get the results that YOU want. If you chase too many goals, one is bound to suffer.  Therefore, it is important to DECIDE what the most important goal is to you, focus your attention and training to that goal, and only set your next goal once this one is met.  

Focus on one rabbit.