Timeless Inspiration: The Decider Curve

Have you ever wondered just how to make a difficult decision?

In modern times, many people talk about a “decider curve”, during which once a difficult decision has been made, things will get progressively worse for a while until growing exponentially later on.

For example, if you decide to join a gym and you were previously very sedentary, the first six months could be very difficult with little progress.

However, after a couple of years the progress will be exceptional. And by not making a decision, staying sedentary for instance, you will stay comfortable so it seems good at first… but then the results in two years are obviously the opposite.

So the decider curve states that things will get worse before they get better, which is the rock where most people stop.


In ancient times, for example in the book The Art of War by Sun Tzu, there is a quotation about decisions:

“Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow, decision to the releasing of a trigger. When the crossbow is primed the trigger must be released and this energy will propel the bow through the air.”

When we make a powerful decision, let us imagine that things could get a lot worse before they get better so we really need to prime that crossbow as a metaphor with full energy before the decision.

Because we do not make a decision and then sit back and everything is comfortable.

As The Art of War states, let us prime the energy beforehand to be resolute before we pull the trigger. And then go with the flight and see the growth which will inevitably occur.

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