shutterstock_708172You’ve heard the old adage that hindsight is 20/20, right?

Well, what if I could show you a technique that would give you 20/20 FORESIGHT?

How much would that technique be worth to you?

How much aggravation would it save you?

Well, you’ve come to the right place!

But before I tell you about this magical technique, let’s talk for a minute about decision making.

Are you good at making decisions?

Most people aren’t; in fact, if you are like 97% of people out there you probably HATE making decisions and were never really taught HOW to make them.

Decision making is certainly not taught in school and yet it is without a doubt the most important skill a person can have when it comes to improving your life.

If you think about it, most people are very indecisive – either they put off making decisions or they just ask other people for THEIR opinion on the matter and then make a decision based upon the collective input they receive.

That is no way to go through life.

Indecision causes disintegration – we are either creating or disintegrating , nothing stands still.  We are either moving forward or we are going backwards – status quo is a myth – it doesn’t exist.

The most effective people out there are those who make decisions right where they are with the information they have in the moment.  They commit to their decision and are unlikely to change their mind without a great deal of deliberation.

If you study people who are really good at making decisions, you’ll find that they all possess another wonderful quality – self-confidence.

They believe they can do, have or be anything they set their minds to – failure doesn’t really enter into the equation.

And if they do fail they shrug it off quickly and keep moving forward, chalking the temporary setback up to nothing more than a learning experience.

So, let me ask you a question… Are you HOPING to achieve your goals or have you DECIDED that you WILL achieve them?

There’s a tremendous difference.  Hoping leads to guaranteed failure while a committed decision leads to guaranteed success.

When you need to make a decision, there are four questions you need to ask yourself:

1.            Do I want to be, to do or to have this?

2.            Will being, doing or having this move me in the direction of my goals?

3.            Is being, doing or having this in harmony with God’s laws or the laws of the universe?

4.            Will being, doing or having this violate the rights of others?

If you answer “Yes” to questions 1-3 and “No” to question 4, then you make your decision right where you are with what you have!

Now, back to that 20/20 foresight technique…

When planning a trip, what is the first thing you do?

You make reservations with the airline, the hotel, the rental car company, etc., so that you can get to your destination hassle free and have your accommodations waiting for you, right?

I don’t know about you, but I would find it incredibly stressful to wake up on the day of a trip, knowing that I needed to be in San Diego by dinner time and just HOPE that I could get a seat on a plane and have a place to sleep in San Diego when I got there.

No, we don’t do that, we make decisions about our journey before we ever take the first step of the trip.

Why shouldn’t we employ this same technique – Advance Decision Making – when it comes to other areas of our life?

Think about it, if you DECIDE in advance what the outcome of a situation will be doesn’t it solve so many problems and take the guesswork or surprise out of things?

Let’s take something simple, like your management of your activities.  If you make a decision tonight  as to what your priorities are for tomorrow, then when you get to tomorrow, your activities are all laid out for you – there is no wondering “what should I do first?” because you have already decided.

Another example of advance decision making could be if you are meeting with a potential client.  I use ADM in prospecting all the time.  I make the decision for the outcome of a consultation in advance of ever setting foot in the meeting – and I almost always either meet or exceed my expectations.

So, find areas of your life where you can employ advance decision making.

Some ideas – as mentioned before could be regarding client meetings or activity management, but you could also employ this technique with your eating plan (deciding what you will and will not eat each day), your exercise regimen, negotiations with your children or your spouse – you can make advance decisions in any situation where – well, where there is a DECISION to be made!

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