Do you remember a time when you had a big decision to make and you just didn’t know what the right way to go was? And, you just didn’t do anything and let whatever happen?
Of course, we’ve all done that before. And in not making a decision, well, we’ve actually made one. We’ve let fate, or whatever one might call it, make the decision for us. In essence, we’ve given control over to someone or something else.
It’s human nature to mull over difficult decisions. Humans want to weigh cost/benefit, even if just subconsciously. Our expansive brain power allows us to analyze a situation and logically work out the next move, kind of like a game of chess. This of course, is a good thing. However, sometimes it gets in the way of us taking action, any action, and just correcting it if we have to.
The most successful people, and you can name anyone from Richard Branson to Oprah Winfrey, make decisions, make them quick, and course correct if they have to. In essence, they make a decision, then make it right, to achieve a successful outcome.
So, what’s stopping YOU from success? What’s stopping you from getting in shape, losing weight, or simply improving your health? Make a decision to do something, start something that will move you towards whatever goals you have. If you want to be more fit, healthier, or lose weight, make a decision and take some action to get yourself there.
Let’s look at some tips to help with that decision making.
First, examine any excuses you might have for not taking action. One of the most common is, no time. Be honest with yourself. Do you really not have the time? Because if it’s something you really need to do than time is irrelevant. At some point the time has to be taken to do it anyway. Will your life be less busy in the future? A simple tip is to start by just making a little time for what needs to be done, say 15 minutes each day, and build up from there. Before you know it, you will have made significant progress.
The second most common reason for not taking action is no money. Again, be honest with yourself. Is there really no money for it? How important is what you need to do? If money were no object, would it be important, would you do it? If the answer is yes, then consider these tips:
- First, set the intent that you are going to find the money to do it. This helps shift your mindset so it is working for you, instead of against you.
- Examine your finances to see where money may be wasted and target those dollars to help fund what you need.
- Sell something that you no longer need or has been unused for a while to put toward it.
- Much like the time commitment, start small. See if you can fund what you want by spreading the payments out over time. Many businesses seem to be willing to do this more and more. Or start your own fund to pay for it by saving your spare change.
Remember, be as creative as you like.
Second, consider the benefits of what your decision would bring over the risks of doing nothing. Use this simple tip of making a list of the benefits of acting and the risks of inaction. If the benefits outweigh the risks than make the decision to act—take the very first step you have to set your decision in motion.
Third, consider the future rather than your situation right now. What would you like your future to look like? Is the decision facing you in line with your goals for the future? A simple tip is to write down your perfect future related to the choices in front of you. If the decision to act on something fits into that future, say yes and take that first leap of faith.
In truth, “we rarely regret the things we did, only the things we didn’t do”. So, start making decisions and then make them right.
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Decision making is about taking action. So…make a decision, then make it right.