Make the best decision every time by asking yourself this one question.
I once had to consider staying put at my current job or moving half way across the country for a new opportunity. Either decision could have been considered the right one, while at the same time either might have also been wrong. Choices like this are tough.
If you’re a creative entrepreneur, sometimes decisions are easy, especially when it comes to your craft: photography, flowers, design, events, etc. After all, you love what you do so much that you start a business to support it.
Sometimes, more often than not, when it comes to the business side of things, making a decision can be hard, challenging, complex, and confusing; in most situations it can be the first time you are faced with difficult choices. We often learn as we go and grow.
· Should I hire help?
· Do I need more office space?
· When do I need to hire someone?
· When do I fire someone?
· And on and on and on and on…
Anyone who has ever ventured out on his or her own understands only too well. No one wants to make the wrong decision! But what is the right one?
And what if the right choice was also not necessarily the best? It’s easy to see why this is so hard.
Here’s the absolute best way to come to a decision. Ask yourself: In light of my past experiences, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise road?
Stop thinking in terms of right vs. wrong.
Ask, instead, what is the wise thing to do?
And not just the wise thing, but the wise thing based on:
· past experiences
· current circumstances
· future hopes and dreams
Think back to your big life decisions: how would they be different now if you had asked yourself these very questions?
Look no further than the recent United Airlines fiasco. Remember when the airlines literally dragged off one of its paying passengers to make room for their own united airline staff to fly instead. The airline had the right to do this: it was stated in the fine print. But in this situation, doing the right thing, at least in the airline’s mind, was absolutely not the wise alternative.
The great thing about being a leader and entrepreneur is that we often, but not always, get second chances to get things right. So, moving forward, be less concerned about being right and more focused on being wise.
What’s one decision you made that was right, but not necessarily wise? Or a wise decision you made, that was an alternative to being right?
Chris Mefford is a former VP at the Dave Ramsey organization. He is a respected author and business coach. In his role at Dave Ramsey, Chris helped guide the company to earn recognition as one of Nashville Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” for eight consecutive years.
Chris has coached leaders from businesses and non-profit organizations nationwide. He offers his expertise and insight to senior executives and small business entrepreneurs to build better corporate cultures, turn around underperformance, hire key employees, implement efficient processes, manage finances, and implement the organization’s goals.
Chris has a passion for small business and entrepreneurs. As a business coach, he has been in the trenches for years. He lives and breathes business every day and has a proven track record of building successful departments and companies.
To get out his message, Chris has started, hosted, and produced two top ten iTunes podcasts for business: EntreLeadership and Leadership University. Contact him to see how he can help you personally reach your goals and revolutionize your business.