How do you know that you’re doing the right thing? At the moment we’re not necessarily talking about ethics or legality. What evidence do you see that you are on the path that is likely to lead to success?
You make decisions and develop courses of action based upon your core values, longer-term goals, and insight about current opportunities, right? OK, well maybe not every decision and course of action is fully thought through. You might be reacting to a stimulus before analyzing the pros and cons. You might be listening to outside opinions, integrating them, and suddenly find yourself walking down a track you didn’t anticipate. Whether your decision making process is short or long, the proof is in the results.
The challenge is that there is an insidious lag time between your decision and the outcome of the decision. During the lag time between the decision and the result it’s easy to second guess your decision. Have you ever gotten so nervous about the wait that you changed your mind and shifted direction?
Perhaps you didn’t give your original choice the time, attention and action it needed to manifest. Worse, with the new direction you found yourself in another time gap between decision and outcome. Waiting can be excruciating for a person of action, or for someone who was raised to believe that instant pudding tastes as good as cooked. But no worries. During the gap between decision and result there are signs that can tell you whether you did the right thing.
- Your Gut – Sometimes you know you did the right thing because you have a feeling of alignment, a peace of mind. That’s a message that you, consciously or subconsciously, acted in congruence with your values. From your deeply held perspective, you did the right thing. You know you did right even if the outcome is less than optimal. No result would be worth compromising on your core values. If you have not identified your core values and begun living them in your business, Summit can help.
- Early Results – The best path is not always the most difficult path, or the longest. Look for the small early wins, the sprouts peeking up out of the ground. It’s not time to declare full-on victory yet, but it’s not too soon to celebrate progress. Early wins give you the energy to persist, to sustain your activity in the direction of your goals.
- Surprising Outcomes – When you are putting yourself out there you are creating opportunity, even when you are not looking straight at it. Your first evidence might come from a completely different direction than you expect. Ask a salesperson who picks up the phone or knocks on doors every day about this one. Or ask a giver, or a volunteer about what comes back when no strings are attached.
- A Sense of Ease – You have strengths, certain superpowers that you can put to work for you. If every day is a struggle, you may not be pulling them out, dusting them off, and using them. When you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, by the means of the talents you possess, it seems easy. Work can become play.