Struggling with a business decision? It's ok to take some time over it, but if you're not gaining any clarity, it might be time to sit down with a pen and paper. I recently had to do this exercise with every aspect of my business as I made changes for my health and balance the needs of my growing children. It was hard--but the insights I gained about what I want, the dead wood that was pruned off my schedule, and the streamlining of my business processes was absolutely priceless.
What are your options?
What can you rule out?
What lines up with your priorities?
What does that leave?
Three quick principles to consider when struggling with a choice:
- Don't go over the same ground again and again. Make some decisions, no matter how small. Eliminate some of those options that are muddying the waters. Write down why you made those choices so that you don't revisit issues you DID decide already while you're trying to decide on the rest of it.
- Give yourself a reasonable deadline to make the choice. Make a pro/con list. Pray about it and consult with your spouse or a trusted, business-minded friend. Then make the decision when the deadline arrives, knowing it might not be the perfect choice, but you made it with the best information you had at the time.
- Remember--NOT making a decision IS making a decision. It's better to make it and have some measure of control than to keep putting it off until the choice is made for you. Successful business owners make quick--but not hasty--decisions. They don't dither about and dally until the options narrow themselves down or the opportunity dissipates on its own.
Can you think of times in the past where you let a decision linger until the outcome wasn't in your hands any longer? Was that a positive or negative for your business? Was that a positive boost or a negative drain on your self-confidence and leadership skills?