Why You’re In The Shit You’re In Right Now

Most of the shit that we have in life, our problems, stress, drama etc., is the result of bad decisions. Poor decision making is one of the worst things you can do. But when is it that we make poor decisions? Do we make poor decisions when we are totally aware, totally present? Or is it when we are not that present?

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All the challenges in my life and in my business are mostly results of poor decisions in the past. And all the great things in my life and in my business are results of really great decisions I have made. It doesn’t matter what you do on a daily basis, if you make dumb decisions. It doesn’t matter if you are a hard working, productive person, those decisions still have a negative impact on your life.

One of my mentors, who made billions with his business, has a saying “I made over 100 decisions on a daily basis and most of them were right.” You can’t make 100% good decisions, you will make some poor decisions every now and then. But it’s not rocket science to conclude that if you have a pretty full bank account, it’s because you made good decisions. On the other hand, if you’re in debt, it’s because you have made some bad decisions.

The question is, how do you make good decisions? In my opinion it’s all about being present, being aware, being in the moment, and really feeling it.

It’s good sometimes to delay decisions. We can get overexcited and then make poor decisions. It’s better to be grounded. One of the best things we can do, in my opinion, is meditate. Sit down for 20 or 30 minutes, breathe, and after that session make some decisions.

When I train my Bar Raisers Group, the entrepreneurs I coach, to go to the next level with their business, I don’t provide them with tons of information. We do this six times, two days a year. Every eight weeks we get together and for 80% of the time we work on making decisions for the next eight weeks. Then we discuss the actions that need to take place based upon those decisions. It’s about getting back to the center, relaxing, and be strategic about business rather than just working hard. It’s playing chess instead of just fighting.

“A lot of entrepreneurs are really in fight mode. What they should do is become the architect of their life and business again by becoming aware, being present, being centered, and being grounded. This doesn’t guarantee great decisions all the time, but definitely increases the likelihood.”

Don’t over complicate it. Take 20 minutes in the morning for yourself. Just sit down, put on meditative music or something that works for you, keep breathing, and eventually you will get some insights. Have a journal next to you and afterwards write down the decisions about the changes you need to make. Be honest with yourself and make your decisions from that place of truth.

It can really change your life when you start making better decisions versus making average decisions or poor decisions.

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