When traveling, I sometimes get lost and have to retrace my steps until I get my bearings. (Forget about the magic GPS on your phone as you consider this thought) It happens on the road…and it happens on a mountain trail when hiking. If we lose the trail, we have to backup to find it.
Sometimes I also get lost in my decisions. After I make a decision, I occasionally forget why it was made that way…and then forget what led to the current situation.
If I’m not careful, I am at risk of changing the decision several times before I remember. The only way to get my bearings is to retrace the path to my decision and remember why it was made that way.
I ran into that recently when I took my camper in for an A/C repair. When I got home, I realized the repair bill was going to be more expensive that the entire value of the camper. I wanted to run back and get it out of the shop. It led to a slightly intense discussion as my wife and I became frustrated over whether or not to repair the unit.
I had to retrace my thought process:
- We have a camper with no Air Conditioning
- I am going camping with my grand-kids sometime soon, and therefore need a camper with AC that works
- Therefore, I have three choices
- Fix it myself
- Pay someone else to fix it
- Buy a new camper
Oh! I now remember now why I picked #2. I don’t have time to do the work myself and I am not buying a new camper. Therefore, I am choosing the decision to repair.
I hope that helps the next time you forget why you made a decision. Learn to retrace your steps!
Thanks for listening.