A Simple Mindset Shift to Help You Make Better Decisions

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by Dana on August 30, 2012

This week, I’d like to talk to you about how you can make better decisions—those that will “pull” you into your future. It’s all about making your decisions not from where you are, but from the place where you want to be. 

So what does that mean?

Basically, it means that when you’re faced with a challenge or trying to figure out what your next step is, you stop first to think about your larger vision for your life. Then, you think about the person you would need to grow into being in order to achieve that vision. Then ask yourself, “What would that person do in this scenario?”

Depending on your situation, you might be coming from a place in your life right now that is more fearful or insecure than your “future you.” So you’d want to ask yourself, what would a more confident and results-focused version of yourself advise you to do?

For example, say you’re looking to start your own business and thinking about investing in some business and marketing coaching…What would the “million dollar business owner” version of you say is the right decision? Would they advise you to seek out help from someone who’s “been there and done that” to get their shortcuts to success? Or would they recommend that you push through and struggle on your own? And how would they view the investment of your funds in this type of coaching? Would they just be thinking about how much it costs? Or would they be thinking about the potential return on investment should you be able to get 3, 4, 5 or more clients based on what you’ve learned?

And if, for some reason, you have difficulty picturing yourself as the “future you,” you could also pick someone in your life that you respect and admire…someone who is operating from the place where you want to be…and think about what advice they would give you. The important thing is that you’re focusing on how someone who is further along on their path would behave, which will naturally help you grow and stretch into your future.