How To Make Hard Business Decisions, Easy For Better Results

My husband and I decided to do something different one night, and play a board game.  As I was searching for a game, I stumbled upon an old book I had as a child: “Zobmondo” : The Outrageous Book of Bizarre Choices” by Randy Horn.  For those of you not familiar with the book, it is basically full of “Would you rather…” questions.

Questions like, “Would you rather cut 1/4 acre of grass with your teeth, OR, lick up a 15-foot-by-15-foot rain puddle?”

And, (one more relevant after this weekend) “Would you rather, after three days without eating, have a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal placed in front of you and wine $5000 by waiting 16 hours to eat it, OR, just dig in?”

While we ended up playing Monopoly, I couldn’t help but thinking about all the times I would read through “Zobmondo” with my friends and all the laughs we would have reading each other the questions and “forcing” each other to make a choice between the two.  Some of those questions are hard!

My little trip down memory lane reminded me that business owners have to make hard decisions all the time (personally, I know I have to make at least one hard choice every day).

Sometimes, it’s easy to make business decisions because “it’s a no brainer” or because “this makes sense”.  Then there are the other times when you come across a business decision you just can’t seem to make.  Maybe you are afraid you are making the wrong choice or you don’t think you have enough information to make the right choice?

What do you do in this instance?  How do you make it easy to make hard business decisions?  Well, like the “would you rather” questions found in the book of “Zobmondo” – you need to “force” yourself to make a choice (and yes, you do have to make a choice, or you risk not moving your business forward).

I know, I know, it’s hard making hard decisions! But, the good news is either decision you make is the right decision. The reason is because you are taking a step forward.  If it ends up being the “right” decision, great!  If it ends up being the “wrong” decision, that’s great too because you will be able to learn from that decision and move on.

The point is, you need to stop procrastinating and simply make a choice because that’s how you figure out whether you need to continue, pivot or adjust as you move forward in your business.

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