When I was still living in LA, my therapist at the time said something that helped me make my decision about whether or not to pick up, move, and ‘start over’ in NYC.
To be fair to my past self, it was a big decision to start over without a job or network in NYC. But at the time, I wanted to know in advance of making the leap, that if I made the move, it was going to be perfect and safe.
My therapist said something along the lines of, “You can't make a wrong decision, unless you don't make a decision.”
That has stuck with me since and played a big part in my decision-making process as I’ve built, grown, and scaled my business from a handful of clients and a few thousand dollars a month to a booked out, multi-six-figure business with a team. Because being able to trust yourself to make decisions - before you know how things will play out - is key as a CEO and business owner.
See, I was looking for the perfect answer and my therapist was essentially telling me there's no perfect answer, but the best answer, the best decision, is the one you actually make. Because looping the scenarios around in your head only keeps you stuck.
A “perfect” decision doesn't exist. A good decision can still have hard aspects to it (I have yet to find a big decision that doesn’t come with a tradeoff), but it’s better than giving your power away and not making a decision at all. And, I’ve seen over and over again how even the “wrong” decision can move you forward - in business and life.
So, truly, in and out of business, “You can't make a wrong decision, unless you don't make a decision.”
And, you know what Tony Robbins says, right? “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Decide to rise up to your challenges, face your fears, and change your life.”
I have the gift of hindsight and knowing how things turned out as I write this to you. But, so do you. You can look back on every decision you’ve ever made and see, no matter the outcome, you’re sitting here, reading this, and are ok. You figured it out.
I’d wager a bet, even your “worst” decisions that felt hellish in the moment have given you something today you wouldn’t trade in.
I’d also guess that the only decisions you might regret are the ones you didn’t make. The ones you didn’t take action on. The ones you allowed someone else to make for you or happen by default.
So, today, a friendly reminder, that decision + action are catalysts for change and what precede the results in your business.
Check in and ask yourself:
What decision do you need to make?
Where have you been giving your power away and sitting in indecision or asking others to decide for you? (Follow up and ask yourself, why?)
If you trusted yourself (and knew you couldn’t f*ck it up), what decision would you make? What decisions would you take ownership over?
Then, whatever your answers are, remind yourself, “You can't make a wrong decision, unless you don't make a decision.”
Wishing you your version of success.