I’m big on making decisions. And at a recent networking meeting full of smart folks, a guest speaker spoke about that very thing
I was particularly struck by his concept of, “Then I will” vs. “Now I will”
Here’s what “Then I will” sounds like:
- Once I make a certain revenue goal (or have a certain amount of savings), then I will do “something” different.
- I want to write a book, but I don’t have time. Maybe once I get my office organized, I can find time to write.
- Once I document all our systems and processes, then my company will be humming like well-oiled machine.
- As soon as I’ve saved enough for retirement, then I will move to the beach. (Or the mountains…ahem!)
- As soon as I know enough, then I will start my own business.
- Once I’m mad enough, I’ll quit.
What if, instead, you seize the moment? Now I will…
- Today I will take one concrete action step towards improving my revenue (rather than waiting until later).
- I will make time to write 500 words today, every day, in order to get my book done.
- I realize systems and processes are important – and how can I ensure that today we are taking even one step towards improving both processes and team work?
- Screw retirement – I’m moving to the beach NOW!
- I realize I’ll never know enough – and I’m starting my business now. Today.
- I’m inspired, capable, and ready. I’m quitting and choosing to do something different instead.
Can you feel the difference between those two lists? The first is future-focused and based on ‘something’ happening. The second is ‘now’ focused and places the responsibility and choice on YOU to make it happen. It’s all about making a decision.
I love the second list. I focus on the second list. My life is modeled one day at a time around the second list.
How about you?
P.S. A Make Some Room Rendezvous session is a perfect opportunity to discover where you can live in the now to create a happier life and a more successful business. This is you making a decision to act now.