How to Make Big Decisions with Two Simple Questions
A Revolutionary Approach to Decision-Making (aka Stop Overthinking and Trust Your Gut)
When it’s time to decide about whether to change direction, far too many well-meaning people advise you to just trust your intuition.
That sounds really lovely and all, but if you’re anything like the impatiently ambitious humans I know, your intuition does not always have enough data on its own to make the big decisions.
“Intuition does not come to an unprepared mind.” ~ Albert Einstein
I just love it when Einstein agrees with me.
When I’m making itching to make a change in my business, or honestly, for absolutely any big decision in my life, I ask myself these two questions:
Is it working? + Do I love it?
Or, perhaps I should say,
Is it still working? + Do I still love it?
Ideally, I want a resounding YES to be the answers to both of the two questions for my projects. In fact, this is validation that it’s a great idea to double-down on that project.
And, of course, if the answer to both questions are no or not anymore, then it’s most definitely time to change direction.
If it’s still working, but I don’t love it anymore, then it’s time to figure out what’s gotta change.
If I still love it, but it’s not working, then the same rules apply.
This is revolutionary
Overthinkers rejoice. You still get to think it through, but now your data collection is much more streamlined and focused.
Overfeelers, I got your back as well. Add your intuition back into the decision-making process as the tie-breaking vote.
What’s revolutionary about these seemingly simple two questions is that you don’t need any additional criteria to decide.
It doesn’t matter how much time you’ve spent on it.
It doesn’t matter how much money you’ve sunk into it.
It doesn’t matter what so-and-so might think or say.
Y’know, the criteria your inner critic wants you to obsess about so you don’t actually make an actual decision.
The criteria is simple and unambiguous and provides enough information to decide how to proceed.
Give it a whirl.
What on your plate could be examined through these two questions?
What do your honest responses tell you about what’s next?
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