Life seems to have two speeds: stalled and hyperdrive. Business is the same. Challenges and opportunities seem to come in bunches, and when they do, they move at light-speed! As a business owner, you must make decisions rapidly if you want to overcome those challenges and capitalize on the opportunities. It reminds me of the scene from Remember the Titans when Denzel playing Coach Boone asked the team, “What are you?” “Mobile! Agile! Hostile!” was the answer. Progressive organizations are the same (without the hostility, of course). Ready to move. Quick on your feet. Acting with decisive certainty.
Successful people live and breathe speed. No, not the kind you shoot up. They’re fast. They analyze and act quickly, and deal with whatever results from their actions. Does everything turns out wonderfully? Nope. Sometimes things end up a downright mess. But that’s no different from someone who needs to examine every little detail before making a decision. When you act quickly, at least you find out things didn’t work sooner!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that a successful person makes rash decisions, nor that they forego due diligence. I’m saying that they don’t suffer from “paralysis by analysis.”
The “A” Family
There’s another danger a successful person learns to avoid. They don’t spend time with a family of famous siblings most people are with daily. Their names? “Woulda,” “Coulda,” and “Shoulda,” or The “A” Family. Whenever people say things like, “I would-a been able to make more money if…,” or “I could-a been a [insert accomplishment],” or even “I should-a got that when I had the chance,” they’re hanging out with the “A’s.” I’ll let you in on a secret: If you spend too much time with them, you’ll never hit your goals. Why? Because when you spend time with the “A’s,” you’re always looking back, not living in the moment or looking ahead. Believe me, that slows you down BIG time!
Sure, you need to learn from the past. What’s the famous quote? “Those who cannot remember the past are destined to repeat it” (George Santayana). So when you make decisions, it’s important to go through a Plan-Do-Review process to see what worked and what didn’t. But once a successful person acknowledges that something didn’t work well, he or she figures out how to adjust their course and keeps moving forward. Living in the past is pointless because you can’t change it. You can only control what you do now, and that will change your future.
Make Better Decisions Faster
You need to act fast, but you don’t need to act alone. Smart business people surround themselves with experts who can advise them in areas where they have little or no experience. Where do you find these experts? Many options exist. You can:
- Schedule a visit with your local S.C.O.R.E. office and run ideas by them.
- Seek out a successful mentor and let him or her give you guidance in their area(s) of expertise.
- Seek counsel from fellow members of your local chamber of commerce If you feel comfortable with their knowledge and experience.
- Hire consultants with the specific skills needed to best help them make an informed choice.
Let’s talk about your needs and figure out the best solution for you. Call me at 646-340-8087, or email me at kerwynhodge@LegalShield.com
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