Every Thursday I send insights into my own life + business, occasional updates about my products and services, and challenges for your business through encouraging letters with actionable advice. These letters, the Letters from the Heart, are where we can hang out in a more personal space and have honest conversations about this journey we're on together.
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— Erika Madden (@OlyviaMedia) December 14, 2015
I don't know about you guys, but my parents start asking about what my husband and I want for Christmas months in advance. I swear this year they started asking around the end of September. This year we're just not thinking about us since we'll have a new baby by the time the holiday rolls around, but alas, I finally got the perfect idea!
Instead of thinking of a bunch of random little things each of us wanted, I finally realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to get either bar stools or a little kitchen table for the house (full disclosure: we're real adults, but we've never had a dining table).
The only problem with that is while I made a decision on what we want, then I had to make a decision about bar stools versus a table and if we get a table what style? What size? What about the chairs?
Does anyone else have problems making decisions? I'm absolutely terrible at it, and even though I often blame it on the fact that I'm a Libra, it doesn't help me in any situation (including deciding what to eat for dinner, whether or not I should treat myself when I want to buy something, even deciding what book to read next).
The more I thought about what I wanted to do about this Christmas present, I realized that this indecision thing has even made its way into my business before, and it got me wondering: does anyone else ever feel paralyzed by making big decisions for their business? Of course they do!
I guarantee if you polled your favorite Facebook group that every single person would say at one point or another they've struggled to make a decision for their business. It's because even the little decisions can seem like they'll make the biggest impact on where we go next.
I mean, just think about it: when's the last time you had trouble making a decision about your caption on an Instagram post? On what you should talk about on your blog? On what you should say on your About page? Whether you should work on a course, a product, or bettering your services next?
I don't know about you, but I feel overwhelmed and tired just reading that list and those aren't even things I'm thinking about for myself right now.
At some point, it can all seem like waaay too much, and when it does, you have two options:
- Pick something and roll with it, not looking back at the things you could have done instead
- Flip flop back and forth never making a decision and never moving your business forward
Obviously the first option is the winner, and even though it's hard to make a decision and then move forward confidently, at the end of the day, it's all about trusting yourself and your instinct. You know what's best for your business and you know what you want to accomplish next, so you're the best and only person who can make the decisions for your business and get things moving forward - even when it seems like it's the most daunting task in the world.
My challenge to you this week is to to look and see if there's a decision you need to make for your business that's holding you back right now and try to make the decision so you can move forward. Don't let yourself get to the end of the year wishing you had made more progress on something you couldn't even bring yourself to start working on. After all, "A year from now you'll wish you had started today".