Are you someone that struggles to make decisions?
Does the idea of making a life change slow you down and terrify you?
That’s totally normal! I’ve been there and I’m sure 100+ people reading this feel the exact way you do.
But how does this get managed? Especially if you’ve had years of doubt in decision making.
Values Based Living
If you’re struggling to make big and small decisions in your life, it may be because you don’t know who you are.
I can speak from experience that the moment you can get clarity on who you are now and who you’re working to become, decision making becomes easy.
This does not mean living somebody else’s life. Or listening to others peoples advice until it confuses you into paralysis.
I mean being stone cold honest with yourself about who you are and what you stand for.
If you’re struggling with indecision or doubt, my hope is that you take the time today to consider your values.
Is honesty important to you?
Is having fun the most important thing to you?
What is it that makes you tick?
Because at the end of the day, it’s knowing who you are and what your values are that give you the capacity to make quick decisions.
I’m talking about the big ones and the small ones.
As big as what you’ll do with your career and as little as if you’re going to go eat that Big Mac.
Today’s Action Steps
Just as a company sits down – in its startup phase – to decide what it stands for and what brand it’ll exemplify, you need to sit down and decide what you’ll demonstrate to the world.
I recommend setting time to write down your top 7 or so values.
You can even do this once every week over the course of a month to find which ones always stand out.
Mine are integrity, professionalism, communication, curiosity, open mindedness, and more.
Just in case you need some ideas on what to value 😉
Why will this help you?
Knowing exactly the brand you’re bringing to the world and what you stand for makes decision making easy.
Here’s an example…
Say a friend of yours comes up with this fantastic business idea. He swears it’ll provide 20-30% net profit year over year.
You’re so excited about the opportunity. But something is off. He won’t tell you what the business is until you meet in person.
He takes you to a big warehouse, you open the door, and it’s a warehouse of guns. Tons of ammunition and firepower that he plans to sell to terrorist groups.
Okay… it’s an extreme example I know. But the point is that if this was you and one of your values was peace… you’d quickly decide, “I don’t care how much money I can make it’s not a business for me.”
Wouldn’t you like that type of clarity in your life?
So sit down this week and decide what matters to you. Get a good grip of your values and place them somewhere you can see.
Even share them with your partner and friends to make sure others can hold you accountable to living by them.
You can do great things. And will do great things. But it all begins with your values. Because they define what great means to you.