Good Things Do NOT Come to Those Who Wait!

Stop me if you’ve heard this before…

…Good things come to those who wait!

No they don’t.  If that were true, you would be buying plane tickets the day of the flight.  Buy a flashlight after the electricity went out.  Or send your kids to college the first day of school, hoping they can get in. 

The most successful people in the world have a common trait—they make decisions QUICKLY. 

It may not be the right decision, but based on experience and knowledge, it could be the BEST decision at the time. 

When it came time for me to make a big decision, I always asked myself, “Can I live with the consequences of your decision?” 

If the answer was no, then I worked through how I could modify the decision.  Of course if it was yes, I made it. 

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself so that your decisions are timely and carefully made: 

  1. Does it matter?  We spend more time making meaningless decisions (like what’s for lunch) than focusing on the life- and business-impacting ones.  How will it affect you, your family, your business a day from now? A month? 5 years from now? 
  2. What are the pros and cons – It’s the old Ben Franklin T method.  Write down the pros and cons.  Title each side with:  What would happen if I made the decision?  What would happen if I don’t make the decision? 
  3. Are you afraid of failure?  People make mistakes.  Learning from them will give you the experience to make better decisions in the future.  Mistakes will diminish over time.  But realize that you will still make them. 

Whenever you meet a person who is very successful, realize that their success is attributed to the number of mistakes they have made.