Last week, I was at LinkedIn Learning to film my second course. They generously take care of all my travel, including rental car. While standing in line at Avis, we were informed they were out of cars and that we had to wait until some came in. After about 15 minutes, my turn came because the gentleman in front of me required a full-size vehicle and I told them I’d take whatever came in. The lady at the desk – obviously dealing with what would was becoming a long day for her – said she had two cars available for me and then stoically asked if I preferred a Kia or a Mustang.
With all due respect to Kia, this was a no brainer. I’m in Southern California and I wanted all the fun that a sports car with power brings. The Mustang became mine for a few days and I loved it.
“No brainers” would seem to be more rare in business, right? Let’s face it, all decisions have upsides and downsides. That being said, I suggest we make some “no brainers” more complicated due to over-thinking. Over-thinking is born out of lack of trust and confidence. It might be lack of trust in employees; in vendors; in clients; and most commonly in one’s own self. It’s the equivalent of me wondering if I should eschew the fun and frivolity of an alluring sports car for the fuel economy of a sensible sedan.
We can all be guilty of over-thinking decisions both professional and personal. The consequences of over-thinking include losing valuable time; increasing stress and anxiety; and making the wrong decision based out of plain fear.
Smart business leaders assess situations and cost-benefit quickly, make confident decisions based on experience and perception; and then commit fully.
Here’s the deal…while you won’t always be right, you’ll be fast and bold. And sometimes, a risky decision will actually end up being a huge win. Just because it seems like an easy answer doesn’t mean you have to make it more complicated. In the realm of decision-making, pick the sports car more often than not. It’s the quickest way to being unleashed.
Quote of the Week:
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.“
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