Making Decisions Key to Business Growth

In the past week, I’ve had to make some key decisions. Some were surrounding life, some around money, others around business. What I realized is that each decision shapes my future. Let me walk you through some of these decisions and how it impacts my life now and in the future.

Last week I spoke at a seminar at the Public Library. While the Adult Programmer was setting up the computer and overhead, the laptop she was using started to count down to restart since updates had been installed. The computer said it would restart in 16 minutes, and when I checked the clock there was 26 minutes before the speaking engagement would start. Looked like it would have 10 minutes to spare, so the decision to let it restart (and we tried to hit ‘cancel’ which it wouldn’t do). As time came for the event to start, the laptop still hadn’t restarted. Obviously the computer’s 16 minutes and my 16 minutes were two different amounts of time. As a backup, we had our laptop booted up and ready to go.

Now I could have said, “to heck with it” and not used the PowerPoint presentation I had prepared. And I would have been fine with that. But I did recognize that when speaking to Adult Learners, a variety of learning styles are typical with a group, so it was important to me to provide learning to each of the styles.

The weekend brought about another decision. We were going to go to the cottage at the Lake, hoping for a quiet weekend where we would be cutting grass, preparing flower beds, and taking note of what needs to be done this year for repairs. Our daughter Melanie and our son Jordan were going to the Lake as well, so it would be a fun, relaxing weekend. One where tasks were completed quickly, suntanning and reading books would be the order of the day.

By Friday, the weather was forecasting rain and snow, so it was a debate on whether to go or to stay home. Melanie decided to stay at her home, which then left us to decide. Jordan had a different commitment come up, so he decided he wouldn’t go. Greg and I considered going, but since we couldn’t get the yard work done that we wanted to, we too decided to not go. It ended up raining and snowing a small amount, but we managed to get some things done around home.

With the extra time at home, I also managed to squeeze in some work time, following up with a few people, connecting with others I hadn’t spoken with for quite some time. Each interaction was a decision to pick up the phone, create an email, or send a letter or note.

I also began arranging meetings for the upcoming week when I travel to Winnipeg. Melanie and I will be attending Stars on Ice Thursday evening, so while I’m there (and she’s at work), I’ll meet with people to build my business. Again, I made a decision to maximize my time while enjoying time with our daughter.

We also received an opportunity to invest in some stocks at an Initial Public Offering price. The stock’s price has risen dramatically, so we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to invest. Although past performance is not a guarantee of future income, we’re arranging funds to be able to invest an amount that is right for us.

So you see, every day and in many ways, the decisions we make today impact our current life and our future life. The amount we invest could affect our future for the positive or negative. The decision to meet with people while I’m in Winnipeg could impact our income and future business.

My business is taking some new directions in the upcoming months. Be sure to keep reading to see exactly what they are. Next week I’ll be in Connecticut with my mentor, Fabienne Fredrickson, brainstorming with one of my Virtual Assistants, Sharon to up-level my business. I can’t wait to see all the changes and new directions we implement upon our return.

Oh, yes. About that laptop that was rebooting? Good news. It restarted and was booted up right on time (with less than a minute to spare… whew!). Looks like the decision to let it reboot worked well.

Your Assignment:

Write down what decisions you need to make: in the next 24 hours? In the next week? What about next month? Each decision you make will affect future decisions, so take some time to make sure you’re OK with the decisions you’re making, whether consciously or unconsciously.