#241: Drama-Free Decision-Making

Every once in a while, you get an opportunity that’s just too good to pass up.

The opportunity has great money and good people. And maybe it’s something you’ve wanted to do for a while.

You want it—and you know it’s the right thing to do.

There’s only one problem: The timeline is super-tight.

You’ll be limited in your ability to take on other work. And you’re going to have to work longer than usual every week.

What should you do? Are you making a mistake by putting yourself in that kind of position?

These decisions can be gut wrenching.

But in today’s short podcast episode, I provide a different way of making these decisions that will help you come up with better, smarter solutions—with a lot less drama.

The notes that follow are a very basic, unedited summary of the show. There’s a lot more detail in the audio version. You can listen to the show using the audio player below. Or you can subscribe in iTunes to get this show delivered straight to the Podcasts app on your smart phone, tablet or iPod.

Here’s how I approach these kinds of decisions.

First, I start by saying yes to myself internally.

I mentally accept the job and then work from that position.

Why does this mental shift help? Because a big part of the stress in these situations comes from actually making the decision— not from dealing with it once you’ve made it.

Now, you can chip away at the problem without a monkey on your back.

Only then do I start addressing questions such as:

  • What will I do with my other clients? How will I handle recurring projects?
  • What will I do when I’m presented with new opportunities?
  • What will we do about childcare?
  • What if I get sick somewhere in the middle of the project?
  • What are the payment terms? How would I want them changed so I can make this work financially for me?

At this point, it’s an objective problem-solving session rather than a stressful “OMG, what should I do?”

Which will help you come up with better, smarter solutions—without the drama.



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