Spend LESS time and energy on making the right decision and MORE time and energy ensuring the decision turns out right
Last night I was Skype-ing with a very good friend and entrepreneur who had recently moved continents and was following his dream of starting a business. As we spoke about how business was developing he mentioned that he was stressed – no surprises there as he is prone to stress and rightly so (he had already missed 2 previous business attempts) (note: I have the utmost faith and admiration for everything this guy has achieved and have no doubt that he is going to achieve great things). As the call came to an end he seemed a little less tense and yet there was something unsettling about our conversation which I just couldn’t put my finger on.
Then in my daily reading this morning I came across the following post by Ed Batista: Stop Worrying about Making the Right Decision
and as I read the quote, the feeling I couldn’t put my finger on the previous evening became crystal clear – a number of times my friend had mentioned that he wasn’t sure whether he had made the right decision re. one of his strategies and what this post had illustrated was the potential danger focusing too long and hard on making the decision.
So how to overcome this?
Ed’s post provides great insight into how to make the right decision. so I will share a number of questions I ask my clients which helps them to ensure that they have a strong clear strategic plan in place to ensure that their energy and time can be focused in the right area (feel free to use this for yourself or your team)
- What is your decision?
- Why is this decision important to you?
- When do you want to achieve this decision by?
- How will you know you have achieved success in this decision?
- What will success look like, sound like, feel like?
- What do you need to have/have happen in order for you to achieve your decision?
Repeat questions 2-5 for each subsequent must have/have happen
Ask for each subsequent ‘must have/have happen’
- how will doing/having this help you achieve success of your decision?
- Which ‘must have/have happen’ do you need/want to focus on first?
- And then?
- List the rest in order of preference/importance
By following Ed’s post and the questions above you will have a blue print/map to follow. As I said to my friend “You have a map which has been verified to take you to your desired destination. All you have to do is start following it and as Dory from Finding Nemo is so fond of saying
Just keep swimming, keep swimming
Enjoy the ride