Coaching Leadership Quotes on Options

So often when talking with people the topic of missed opportunities is brought into the conversation. Oftentimes referred to as "opportunity moments", we face a decision that provides a choice between alternatives, possibly producing two completely different outcomes. So often, because we have so many choices that are available to us, we feel overwhelmed. The decision becomes much more difficult to make because the number of choices can be so vast. This is part of the downside of the abundant choice: confusion which leads to indecision.

Each new option adds to the list of trade-offs, and these trade-offs have psychological consequences. The necessity of making trade-offs alters how we feel about the decisions we face; more important, it affects the level of satisfaction we experience from the decisions we ultimately make.

Missed opportunities are not necessarily bad. They may create other options that would not have materialized had we not passed on the original opportunity. Embrace those opportunity moments. They may provide you with the dessert in everyday living.


"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."- Theodore Roosevelt

"The way to achieve success is first to have a definite, clear, practical ideal - a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends - wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all you means to that end."- Aristotle

"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world."- Goethe

"Neither let mistakes nor wrong directions, of which every man, in his studies and elsewhere, falls into many, discourage you. There is precious instruction to be got by finding we were wrong. Let a man try faithfully, manfully, to be right; he will grow daily more and more right."- Thomas Carlyle

“As a principle-centered person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the balanced whole--the work needs, the family needs, the other needs that may be involved, and the possible implications of the various alternatives -- you'll try to come up with the best solution taking all factors into consideration. We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations." - Stephen R. Covey

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in-between." - Pat Riley



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