one question for decision making

In inspiration, learning by Jay Clouse

A lot of people come to me for advice on making decisions, and I’m happy to share my perspective or give a hot take whenever I can be helpful.

Lately, I’ve been using a new approach to making decisions myself, and sharing that with others too.

It’s just one question: “What will you wish you would have done a year from now?”

It’s pretty simple — instead of thinking about the decision through the lens of right now, it forces you to step back and think longer term.

In the moment, it’s easy to get stuck on your current stress and priorities, which are often pretty consuming. When a great opportunity comes your way, but you don’t seemingly have space or it’s the “wrong time,” it’s easy to pass it up.

But if you look at the opportunity through the lens of your future self, what would they want for you? Often, it’s obvious from that stance what you really want, and then it becomes easier to both make the decision and the changes necessary to move forward.

Remember, opportunity trumps timing.


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