Of course, we make decisions all day every day—what to have for breakfast, what to wear, whether to scoot or walk the school run (might be just me, that one!), but some decisions are trickier. We put more of 'us' in them. And when I say 'us' that's code for 'all our stuff'. Some decisions we attach a lot more importance to because of what we believe and what we know (or don't know) the outcome will be.
I make these 'harder' decisions all the time, and sometimes I still make a mountain out of a molehill. Or at least they look like a mountain 'til I see through them to what they are 'really' about. I made one of those decisions yesterday (well, early this morning if I am honest—it was a late night of contemplation!).
This decision was about some help I 'thought' I needed in my business. There's always more to learn and more to know, and I was getting sucked into the 'if only I had some more know-how' mountain. Turns out the molehill was about how can I make what I already do better. And when I really thought about it, what was right for me was not the offer that had tempted me. BUT in doing my due diligence (yes, I am that person who checks out who is and isn't the 'real deal' by asking around), I found the perfect answer, and I made a decision I am super-happy with.
It's funny how—even when you think you've got better at seeing through hype—there are still some things that tempt you :) And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. I'd be the last person to ever say stop buying help for you and your business, as I absolutely believe it's super-important to keep investing to grow BUT don't just buy shiny things; dig through the mountain and see what you really need. I am super-lucky I have great (straight-talking!) people around me who will help me make a decision.
Notice I didn't say I have people who will make a decision for me; instead I surround myself with wonderful folk who help me see what's really the need I have (usually by asking me the right questions, or getting me to admit where my ego was having a little say!). What's great when you make decisions like this is that you also see what YOU need to do next in your business and life, that's absolutely right for you. There's no-one who can make that decision for you.
So see where your gut takes you, know what you're really like, and get clear on what you're making into a mountain... THEN make a decision.
Hope this helps you with your next decision and if you ever need someone to ask you some of 'those' questions just let me know :) It's SO much easier to do this for someone else than yourself!
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Excellent advice as always Lucy! Bright shiny things do tempt us so don’t they? (A bit like yummy cakes!!)
I’m about to take on an all singing all dancing virtual PA who can do lots of things I currently need in starting up my business PLUS she’s a straight talker (which I also need…) but doing this is actually a little bit scary as it involves spending money I don’t currently have in my bank account….