“Sometimes you make the right decision, and sometimes you make the decision right.” — Phil McGraw
When you are faced with making a major decision, you must ensure that you give it the time and care it deserves. You must also stay focused on your purpose to ensure that you do not allow things to influence your decision which have no real bearing or positive impact on your goal.
Several years ago I was faced with a major business decision, one that would have a significant effect on my employees and our financial health. I was already extremely busy with several business development efforts, and I had some significant personal issues going on in my life at the time. This decision was a difficult one, both in terms of complexity and execution. Done correctly, it would require a lot of my time and attention to get it right.
Because of other influencing factors, which had nothing to do with the decision, I took some shortcuts hoping to get to an answer quicker. I also allowed my other worries, unrelated to the decision, to influence me toward a particular outcome. Every time I sat down to study the decision, I was either too tired or completely distracted by other pressing issues to do a good job. Of the many alternatives I had to choose from, I was very tempted just to make a choice and move on. I reasoned that if it turned out wrong, I could adjust later or cancel and start over. I was completely wrong. It was only the quick thinking of one of my employees that prevented me from making an expensive and morale-busting decision. They encouraged me to allow myself more time.
When I finally stopped, took the time to understand it all, allowed no other undue or unrelated things to influence me, I made the right decision. It saved us a lot of money and was a big hit with the employees.
“Let your goals influence your decisions.”
The lesson here is to let your goals influence your decisions, not your worries, challenges, fears, setbacks, disgruntled employees, or problems at home. Focus on the purpose and goals you are trying to achieve and avoid the negative or improper influences that can sometimes occur and get you heading the wrong direction.
For me, when my employee helped me see I was about to make an error, I slowed down. Often that is the best solution. If you can’t give your major decision the time and care it needs, and avoid undue influence from anything except your goals, then it’s best to delay it.
It’s better to take longer and get the decision right, than hurry getting it wrong and having to do damage control.
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