How many decisions do you make a day? Adults make on average 35,000 decisions each day and researchers at Cornell University have concluded that we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone.
Yes, some days, deciding what to make for lunch can feel draining...but so often it’s those BIG decisions lurking around in the back of your mind that takes up so much of your time and energy.
That’s time and energy that you could be using to move your business forward - making it what you know it can be.
I've been there. I have let decisions stick around for way too long, eating up my creativity, inspiration, and my motivation.
iHow I make decisions now
Now, I know that I was fumbling and procrastinating because I didn’t really have anything to base my decision on. Sure, I knew the facts and logistics that came with the challenges/opportunities, but I hadn’t yet nailed down the two most important ingredients that would eventually completely change how I make decisions.
My formula for making decisions quickly with ease and confidence now includes evaluating those two crucial ingredients...my values and my vision.
Know your core values/principles/philosophy of how you work and engage in the world. These are the ‘true to you’ values. You don’t have a set of values guiding you in your personal life and then a separate set of values for your business. Your values are your values.
If you are struggling to identify your values or want to talk through them, feel free to book a free Connection Call here to learn more about how I can help you feel more grounded in your values.
Knowing generally where you want to go and having a vision of your future. This doesn’t mean that you need to create an elaborate strategic 5-year business plan filled with all the detailed actions for each day/month/year. What you need to have is a good sense of the direction you are moving towards - where you want to take your business into the future and what your unique selling point is. Long story short...you’ve got to have a vision for the future of your business.
If you have a good sense of these two ingredients (values + vision) you will be able to make informed, mindful, and conscious decisions more easily and quickly, with less stress and more confidence.
Listening to your gut
This doesn’t mean that you need to always make decisions that are 100% aligned with your values and your vision. However, when you evaluate your decisions based on these ingredients, you’ll likely sleep better at night than if you mindlessly came to a conclusion.
You may decide to work with a big corporation for a short period of time so they can offset costs. This would allow you to offer services to those who may not be able to afford your high corporate rate. And sometimes you simply take on the big paying clients because it’s your slow season and you’ve got to feed the kids...again, review your values and vision, access the situation, and then mindfully make the decision that makes the most sense for you at that time.
Some people might call this ‘listening to your gut’ or your ‘intuition’ and some call it ‘strong decision-making skills’. I use this formula so I can check in when the feeling in my gut is leading me towards a decision. When I consciously check in to see how my vision and values align, I can confidently state my reasons for making any decision.
My nudge for you
Get clear on your values and your vision...and please use this formula if it helps to break down those intuitive gut feelings and gets you closer to your decision.
If you have a decision to make, I'd love to help. I know how hard it can be to see the forest for the trees when you're in the thick of it! Click the button below to book a free Connection Call to see if it might be helpful to work together.