Do you struggle to make powerful decisions when someone asks a favor or you have a new opportunity?
I have been there more than once and I have to say if it doesn’t feel right, say no.
Deciding how to invest your time is a big deal. Often we spend a good bulk of it doing absolutely nothing significant unless watching Housewives reruns qualifies.
Time is a valuable commodity and tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Be more thoughtful about how you invest your time.
Start doing the things you want to do.
Start watching television when you’re engaged and want to be entertained.
Start putting away your devices when you are with other people.
Make a good decisions about the quality investment of your time.
Here’s a step by step formula to help you decide how to invest your time – at home and at the office – including your home office, entrepreneurs.
How to Make Powerful Decisions on Your TERMS.
Step 1: Consider the TERMS.
Time. This is the only real limit that you have or experience. We are only allotted a limited amount of time and your quality of life depends on the quality of investments you make with your time. So ask yourself, how much time is this going to take and do I have that much time to dedicate.
Energy. Energy is one of those things you regard highly if you know what it’s like not to have a lot of energy to even do the basics. For me, because of my Lyme disease, energy is a big issue. If you commit to doing something it’s important that you show up energized and enthusiastically. Otherwise, what’s the point, right?
Resources. Considering the opportunity, what resources are you going to have to use or create to say yes to the opportunity. Consider if you will need to use your own resources and do you already have the resources available to you.
Money. How much is saying yes going to cost you in terms of cold hard cash? Yes, this is something you should absolutely consider when evaluating an opportunity. Dedicating funds to this opportunity may mean saying no to another opportunity, so it matters.
Sanity. You don’t want to say yes to anything that is going to absolutely drive you nuts and won’t be able to enjoy it. This is what happens when you’re with someone who is doing a favor and complaining about it the whole time…not cool or helpful (say no or accept you are doing it and make the best of it). Considering what you want to do and what you have to do, do you really have time to take on something else? It is something to consider. If saying yes is going to hurt (you or someone else), say no.
Step 2: Once you evaluate the TERMS, measure your desire. Ask yourself:
What are my returns? If this is a business decision to take a new training or a personal decision to accept a lunch invitation, ask yourself what it is in it for you. If this is a lifestyle decision, think about whether this gets you closer or further from the lifestyle you desire.
Is this something you really want to do? It’s important that you say no to things you don’t really want to do so you can say yes to those things you do really want to do.
How are you feeling about your decision? In the end, it comes down to how are you really feeling about the thought of saying yes or no?
There are times when I look at the TERMS of opportunity and even though I may not get all the answers I want, I still feel like there is a reason I should do it so I say yes. If that’s the case for you, go for it anyway. Some things you cannot evaluate on logic and have to go with your heart. Beware, these types of situations should be few and far between.
So I have a question for you. How do you make decisions? With your gut or your head? I’d love to hear from you. Share your ah-has, comments, questions and thoughts, in the comment section below.
Next time you are making a decision leave your options open and truly consider what you want, make it powerful by evaluating your TERMS.
Please note – I am a Certified High-Performance Coach and student of Brendon Burchard, High-Performance Academy. He introduced me to the concept of evaluating your TERMS that I share above. I hope you enjoy learning about them in my voice.
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Until next time, live with passion, purpose, and play.
Carmen M. Perez, Your Wellbeing Messenger
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