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March 19, 2021 - From the President's Desk

Decisions, so many decisions. One never really stops to think of the number of decisions a person will make in their lifetime, or in my case, how many decisions a rancher will make daily. When a significant decision presented itself on the ranch and a decision that its choices would impact, now and into the next generation's management of the ranch, it really got me thinking of all the many decisions a rancher makes every day.

Most of the time, decisions are small and quickly made; it's when more important decisions come along that make decision-making and deciding choices harder to do. Although most decisions I have to make are simple ones, it's the bigger major ones that make it harder for fear that my decision choices might be wrong. I like to believe that my decisions I have made throughout my life fall into the majority of excellent decisions and that my choices reflex as positive outcomes. Yet, I wondered why some decisions are harder to make than others and if there might be a simple formula to follow that would always assure the successful result of my decisions and choices.

So I decided maybe a little research on the topic would give me some help with my decision-making. It turns out nobody is that good at making all types of decisions. There is no right or wrong way to make our decisions; rather, there are different ways and styles that we assess our decision-making. The way that an individual takes or arrives at a decision depends to an extent on his or her inherent nature. A person with an impatient nature usually jumps into a quick decision. The same is a person with a high degree of emotions who will decide quickly what feels right. Those people who don't like to ruffle feathers will take a longer time to make a decision. This style seems to fit me. Then some people need to have all kinds of information before they come to a conclusion. Since every decision involves risk, there is always a chance that your decision may result in a mistake. To err is human, so don't be afraid that you may make a mistake because mistakes can teach you much more than success does. But it is essential that we learn from our past mistakes and not mindlessly repeat them. I'm not sure if my research has helped me in any way to make decisions, but I now have a better understanding of my style of decision-making and why I come to the choices I make. Still, I wonder why there isn't a simple formula to follow or a crystal ball to consult that would always assure the successful result of my decisions and choices.

I'll continue to learn from my mistakes and remember the strategy of my successful results hoping that these things combined with a lot of luck will continue to prove my decisions and choices made are positive ones long into the next generation.

[Afterthought…after counting 18 times, the word decision is used in my letter might show the extent of decisions we make daily. Perhaps proof that a man's decision-making is never done.]

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