And Be Sure It’s The Best Choice
Whether we realize it or not, we’re all faced with making 1000’s of decisions on a daily basis. From what we eat to what we do, the decisions never seem to end. Many are simple and require little thought (if any at all). But others are more complex and nuanced.
So how can we be sure that we’re making the right choices? Well, on one level we really can’t be sure. But, since we generally need to make SOME decision, is there a way that we can make a choice and give ourselves the advantage?
Quite simply, yes there is.
And it’s a lot easier than you think. You really only need to do these three things.
1. Make Decisions Quickly
Having been in the sales profession for some time, I’ve learned that the best two answers one can ever hear are “Yes”, and a quick “No.” Most of the time, we avoid hearing no because we really don’t want to hear it.
But the beauty of a quick no, while sometimes painful, is that the guesswork is gone. There’s no question anymore. In both answers you’re able to move on.
So don’t linger on the decision. After all, very few decisions are permanent. Just act.
2. Don’t Focus on Happiness
Happiness is really elusive. Think about the last time you ate too much of a really good meal. Everything was perfect, delicious and a sight for the senses, but we tend to go too far and too much of even a good thing can be a really bad choice.
So instead of trying to chase happiness, consider the benefit of growth. After all, it’s the the progression that gives us the greatest sense of satisfaction, not necessarily the feelings associated to the outcome.
3. Know Your Purpose
This is the key to it all. And it goes way beyond the “why”. As you’ve heard me say, purpose is about why you’re here, but it also is about what you can give.
So when faced with a difficult choice, consider how the outcome might play into the script of your life. If you were writing the story (and in many ways you are), how would you want your main character to choose so that the decision, and its results, would fit into the overall arc?
Actions Speak Louder Than Words, But Results Are What It’s all About.
Using this method of aligning your decisions with your purpose, focusing on growth over happiness, and making your decisions quickly are sure to get you moving.
But while action is great, sometimes it still doesn’t lead us to our desired result.
We may catch it early enough to make adjustments, but when we don’t it’s really important to weigh the results against the three actions above. By doing so, it’s going to shine a big bright light on where the process broke down.
No matter where you’re starting from, nor where you’re going these three steps will help.
What’s the biggest decision you’ve made recently? How can you apply these steps to help you decide?
Let me know in the comments below!