Bridgetymology – decision

EVERYDAY WE MAKE DECISIONS IN LIFE. THEY COULD BE SMALL OR BIG DECISIONS, BUT EITHER WAY THEY STILL AFFECT YOUR FUTURE.

TODAY, I AM BREAKING DOWN THE WORD DECISION. A SIMPLE WORD, BUT WITH GREAT IMPACT.

WHEN WE USE THE WORD DECISION, IT IS THUS TYPICALLY USED TO DESCRIBE MATTERS OF HIGH IMPORTANCE– ESPECIALLY MATTERS THAT WILL HAVE LASTING CONSEQUENCES. ANOTHER USE OF DECISION, YOU’VE ALSO LIKELY HEARD IN REFERENCE TO THE PARTICULAR END OR JUDGMENT OF A LEGAL OR OFFICIAL ARGUMENT.

LET’S LOOK MORE INTO THE WORD, AND FIND OUT ITS DEFINITION AND ETYMOLOGY. LET’S DIVE IN!

HERE AT BRIDGET, WE’RE HUGE FANS OF EXPANDING OUR VOCABULARY AND BECOMING BETTER COMMUNICATORS. THAT IS WHY TODAY, ASHA BREAKS DOWN THE WORD ‘INTUITION’.

[HEAD OVER TO MEETBRIDGET.COM TO FIND ALL THE RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE!]

 

define decision

THE FIRST MEANING OF DECIDE IS: TO MAKE A FINAL CHOICE OR JUDGMENT ABOUT, TO SELECT SOMETHING AS A COURSE OF ACTION, OR TO INFER BASED ON EVIDENCE, OR IN OTHER WORDS TO CONCLUDE.

THE SECOND MEANING OF DECIDE IS TO FIX THE COURSE OR OUTCOME OF SOMETHING, AS IN “THE FINAL BLOW DECIDED THE OUTCOME OF THE FIGHT.” I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT TO DECIDE IMPLIES PREVIOUS CONSIDERATION OF A MATTER CAUSING DOUBT, WAVERING, DEBATE, OR CONTROVERSY.

 

decision broken down

NOW, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD. DE-CISION COMES FROM THE LATIN VERB DE-CIDERE IS MADE UP OF TWO ORIGINAL ROOT WORDS. DE MEANING “OFF” (SEE DE-) + CAEDERE (KY-DER-AY) “TO CUT” (FROM PIE ROOT *KAE-ID- “TO STRIKE”).

SO THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF DECIDE IS TO “CUT OFF, OR CUT AWAY”. THIS VISUAL LENDS THE POWER OF MAKING A TRUE DECISION. THIS CONCEPT IS SO COMPELLING THAT TONY ROBBINS BROKE THE WORD DOWN IN HIS BESTSELLER “AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN”. TONY SAYS “MAKING A TRUE DECISION MEANS COMMITTING TO ACHIEVING A RESULT, AND THEN CUTTING YOURSELF OFF FROM ANY OTHER POSSIBILITY.” THIS MEANS LETTING GO OF LIMITING BELIEFS, PLAN BS, FEARS OF FAILURE, OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD TAKE AWAY YOUR FOCUS ON THE COMMITMENT YOU HAVE MADE.

 

perspective

WE MAKE THOUSANDS OF LITTLE DECISIONS EACH AND EVERY DAY, CONSTANTLY CUTTING AWAY FROM OTHER OPTIONS, BELIEFS, OR DISTRACTIONS. THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR THIS WORD, I HOPE YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THE POWER OF A TRUE DECISION.

THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK, MY FRIENDS. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FOR ANOTHER SEASON TWO EPISODE OF MEET BRIDGET! THIS IS ASHA GABRIEL, AND I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE!

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