You have a dream and the skills to make it happen, but you can’t make the next decision! As you stand there hesitating, everyone’s passing you by. You feel stressed because you’re a fraction of the strong person you know you can be. But, what if you could make fast, powerful decisions?
I went to lunch with my RE/MAX broker in 1996. We sat down to order; he glanced at the menu, turned it over and asked, “What are you getting today?” I was stuck between 3-4 items. He said, “You have 10 seconds. Make a choice!”
For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. -The Bible
Ten seconds passed, he took my menu and said, “Stop hesitating! If you want to be successful in real estate or anything else, learn to make fast, powerful decisions.”
That lunch was a turning point. It didn’t happen overnight. But, I’ve worked at this for 20 years, and I’ve finally trained myself to make fast, powerful decisions. Look at the results!
Because of recent fast, powerful decisions…
- I spoke to a record breaking 120,000 people at Mandela Stadium! Another 27 million people watched and listened on live TV and radio across several nations in Africa!
- I spoke 3 times at the legendary Angelus Temple in LA!
- I’m leading the greatest growth surge in DFC history!
- My coaching company is on fire! One client has gone from $200k to $700k to $1 million in 3 years time!
- I have 32,948 people in my social network @chuckbalsamo!
You can make fast, powerful decisions by adding 3 layers of confidence.
1. Confidence From Knowledge
I’ve noticed with age I naturally make faster, better decisions. This is because I’ve accumulated knowledge through the years. But, you don’t have to wait until you are old.
Choose to raise your knowledge lid! Read books and blogs, attend seminars and webinars, and attend a great church where powerful content is spoken each Sunday. Ask smart questions from highly successful people.
I’m now reading 1-3 books each week. Classical music on my Bose headphones, and I’m in the knowledge building zone! I don’t just read for the specific content in a book I’m reading. I read to stay in a flow of intelligence! Don’t take my word for it. Do this for 90 days and you’ll see the difference.
2. Confidence From Experience
I think the key to gaining experience, is to say yes more often. Try and fail if necessary, until at last you can say, “I’ve figured this out!”
Sometimes, researching for the best strategy is too slow, and failure is the faster way to learn. Henry Ford said, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”
Both success and failure are great teachers. I’ve definitely learned from my successes. But, when I say you gain confidence from experience, I mean you have to be unafraid of failure, almost excited about it!
Some of your failures will shock you into oblivion. They will not be easily forgotten. Failure will have you on your knees for a few weeks or longer. But when the pain of failure wears off, the new wisdom will arrive!
From experience, you’ll make fast, powerful decisions in the future.
2. Confidence From Mentors
John Maxwell says, “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” This is true!
I’ve had the best mentors in my life. You can’t force yourself on people, but you should pray for the right connections, and be smart about finding mentors.
It’s easier to make fast, powerful decisions after you’ve colaborated with a mentor. Besides the wise input, it’s a real confidence booster, knowing that a much more successful person is in your corner!
Make fast, powerful decisions, by adding the 3 layers of confidence: knowledge, experience, and mentors.
Post a comment, let’s talk about it. Where have you been hesitating the most? What if you finally decided to act? Are you scared about the potential loss? Then, hurry up and fail. Get past it. Learn what not to do, make a few clever changes, and try again!
Last week I posted on my Twitter: You will have more regret about the opportunities you passed up than the ones you tried and failed.