Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. Stephen Kaggwa In our personal lives, in our every day decisions concerning our health, our career, our relationships, this question is often shelved, locked away, hidden from. Most people are terrified of it. Because when we ask it, if we’re honest, we usually get the truth. We get the “consequences” that we can’t ignore. What would happen if I ate that piece of chocolate cake? What would happen if we tested the new software for only two weeks instead of the usual four weeks? What would happen if I tried to remember all my appointments this week without writing them down? You see, if we don’t ask, we can’t fully consider the consequences. And when we don’t think about what would happen as a result of our thoughts and actions, we can’t be smart. We lose opportunities by the boatload. In the sports world, it’s known as putting yourself in a position to win. Great managers know that if you can stay close, you have a chance. Because if an unlucky bounce occurs, you’ve killed your chances to win if you’d made a bunch of dumb errors, unwise decisions or if a referee’s call goes against you. Achieving great victories, or simply getting any long-term project done on time, on budget and done correctly doesn’t usually happen because of one great decision or one spectacular action. It’s done by making a lot of good decisions, which, added up, can be a great, great outcome. People like “home runs,” but success at anything isn’t about having a great 30 seconds a week ago.
When a person loses 30 – 50 – 80 pounds or more, for example, it isn’t because they said no to the cheesecake at the Christmas party. It was literally thousands of individual decisions made each day guided by an overriding purpose, and great questions asked constantly. When someone builds a company to a million, then tens of millions and hundreds of millions in sales, it’s not only because they’re so “smart” – many big companies have been built by people with less than average intelligence, average memory, less than average grades in school, no people skills. But the ability to ask… – “Is this the best use of my time and resources?” – “What would happen if we changed this feature?” – “What would happen if we changed directions completely?” – “Is this product still going to be needed in the next year, two, twenty?” The ability to ask is the one of the single most critical abilities you can develop in yourself and in your team. Companies in the vinyl record pressing industry that didn’t ask, “What is the next opportunity?” missed out on CDs and were gone almost overnight.
Asking forces you to see what you may not want to face. But wouldn’t it be better to have the answers? Wouldn’t it make it easier to reach your goals? More fun? Would success come faster? Wouldn’t you be happier -after weighing the negative consequences with the positive ones- making the decisions that will send you in the right directions? Wouldn’t you find it easier to say no to the “tempting” but bad decisions if you focused on the ultimate consequences instead of turning away from them? You know the answer!! The habit of asking empowering “what if” questions is one shared by successful people in all areas of life. Make this a part of your every waking moment, and the opinion you hold of yourself will grow by multiples, due to your better decisions and better outcomes. You’ll probably gain one or two more productive hours every single day. And you’ll be less scared of life… able to smile even during the many important and impactful decisions you must make every hour of every day. For a FREE List of 3 Plus Bedroom Paulding County Homes under $150,000 with prices, addresses, and descriptions click the link or fill out the form below.