History is written by the winners. But history is always written as if the initial decision was what the final result was. The dead ends and bad decisions are always written out. And rarely do we recall that things could have been different if…
In business you will make a lot of decisions. Some will lead to positive results and more decision opportunities. Some will lead to dead ends and you will need to go back to a point where you can make a different decision. Some decisions will also lead off in new directions.
Human nature is funny. We forget the dead ends and when we document the experiences, we only record the decisions that moved us toward our goal.
That is why in business, as in life, it is important to have your purpose for the project clearly in front of you and to write down you goals. That way you can check off your progress on the journey.
And keep in mind that you may decide to alter your goals but only with careful consideration alter your purpose. Goals can change with new information, ideas and circumstances.
You need the goals as markers in your decision tree though as each is a point where you need to decide how to move to the next decision. Your met goal is also the point you can return to if you go down a dead end.
A word of caution – perfect decisions are impossible. Good business owners make decisions as early as practical. If you delay to get all the information, that is a decision and sometimes that decision will cost you in lost opportunity. Procrastination can be good but also bad.
How do you know?
If your head says wait then find out if you are waiting out of fear or something else. If you are afraid of losing face or making a wrong decisions, feel the fear and decide to take action.
Being serious about doing business means making decisions and moving forward.
Simplifier, Presenter, Mentor
There are many books to help you get a business up and running. They talk about marketing, planning, financial management, promotion, sales and all the other areas that you need to be aware of during start up and when reviewing your business.
They are all essential areas where entrepreneurs and business owners need awareness. BUT…
Club terror is one aspect of business that is seldom talked about in the business books.
Do you join this club? Are you invited into this club? Why would anyone want to belong to this club?
Most of us belong to this club. We belong to the club because we step out of our comfort zone and our familiar surrounding and face some challenges and determine that we will do something a little different.
Most successful people belong to the club and realize that the club can be either a support for their venture or a place where they can sit and hide.
There are many clubs you will belong to as a business person. There are many clubs that sports people belong to. One thing that they have in common is that the members all understand that others face their own fears and go out and do amazing things. The conversation is rarely about the terror and the fear but about the steps that are taken to overcome the obstacles. The support comes from people who know the same fear and who have overcome that fear.
When you network with other business owners, think about the fact that they too belong to Club Terror, especially the more successful ones. They make sure that they face their fear and step out with confidence and make decisions.
Were the decisions always right? Probably only about 51% of the time. They knew the terror of possibly being wrong but they went forward.
When you want to succeed in business you need to join Club Terror bravely and with a desire to get the support you need. And when you do, you will find the mentors and support network to achieve your goals.
Embrace your membership in the club and face the challenges and you too can move forward to greater success.
Simplifier, Presenter, Mentor