With all the changes in my biz over the past few months I’ve been very purposely letting go of the ‘doing’ – with my awesome team in place (Tiffany and Marki) I’ve actually been able to pull myself out of a lot of the doing stuff that occupied much of my time. They’ve been lovingly slapping my wrist and taking things off my plate. It truly is a delight, I will admit.
What has come as a surprise to me is where my focus is now – on making decisions for my business.
This might sound kind of funny, but I hadn’t really realized before how much time and energy it takes to make a decision. Having spent many years as an Online Business Manager for other business owners, my focus has always been on implementation – someone else decided what the business was all about (made the decision) and I focused on making it come to life (doing).
Now that I have very purposely stepped into the role of being the business owner and creating my business in a different way, I’ve come to realize how tough it can be to make decisions! As I was sharing with a colleague the other day, making decisions can basically be a pain in the you know what. 😉
And yet, this is where the magic happens. Making decisions is all about creativity. It’s about considering what I want, how I can best serve those who need my help – and how to put that together in a way that has the biggest impact possible. It’s where I get to play, explore and create… all the fun stuff that most of us want to be able to frolic in right?
But there are moments where I get stuck in my decisions… I’m not sure if I should do A or B, or maybe there is a plan C that I’m not aware of yet? And that can be SUPER tiring… what I call a toilet flushing moment, going around and around on the same thing and just getting dizzy.
I guess the fear for me comes in around making a ‘wrong decision’ – what if I mess up? What if people don’t like or want what I create? What if it costs a bunch of money and makes nothing? What if I let my family down? What if my colleagues think I’m nuts? What if people point and laugh at me?
Those are the things that I know can stop me, if I let them… and as I read them here they seem a bit silly. I guess it all boils down to being willing to take the risk, which is what entrepreneurs do right?
What stops you from making a decision?
See the thing is, without a decision NOTHING HAPPENS. Not sure why I felt compelled to put that all in caps but it’s true if you think about it. Decisions are the lifeblood of any business – especially a thriving, expanding business that is making an impact on the world. You make a decision, then you and your team can take action on it to bring it to life. That part is actually relatively easy – it’s making the decision that can be tough.
Decision + Action = Impact.
Where are you holding off on making a decision? Being stuck in the limbo of “I’m not sure what to do here” is truly a recipe for insanity. If need be, get some support in place to move through this – someone to talk it through with. I turn to my coach when I get stuck on stuff like this, so he can help me cut through the crap and make the decision.
Oh, and one last thing… if you find yourself defaulting to the ‘doing’ side of things – digging into doing stuff that you feel comfortable and safe in – you might actually be avoiding a decision that needs to be made. Food for thought…