Nate's Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message. This week and every week we have the opportunity to focus our energy, passion, and actions towards what we truly want. We have the ability to chip away and eliminate the unproductive time. We have the ability to chip away and eliminate the excuses we have and to stop pointing fingers. We have the ability to make of our lives what WE choose and to finally realize if we are not growing we are dying.

Make this the week you get on course or make this the week you put your actions into overdrive. You can do it I am confident. The first and most important thing that separates you from happiness, success, joy, or fulfillment is the CHOICE to do it. Make your choice now. Be determined now. Take the risk now. Time is flying by and the choice is yours. Let's Make This The Best Week Of The Year!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

5 Things to Consider When Making Decisions:

1. Value is in the eye of the beholder:
How much is a gallon of water worth? Well, if you're reading this, you can probably get a gallon of water for pennies from your kitchen tap. Yet, if you were dying of thirst in a desert, you'd happily pay a hundred bucks for it, right? On the other hand, you'd pay a hundred bucks an hour for a plumber to avoid the water being there in the first place (in your flooded basement, that is).

Many people believe value is intrinsic to an object. Sure, water is water is water, but its value varies enormously depending on what you need it for. Decision making is a very personal business - it's about assessing what's valuable to you. There's no absolute best job, best car or best life to be lived: value is in the eye of the decision maker.

2. Know your goals before choosing:
As we've seen in insight #1 above, no decision outcomes are intrinsically 'good' or 'bad' - the outcome depends on who you ask, and there are never absolute answers. How do you make sure you're making the best decision for your life, then?

It may sound obvious at first, but it all boils down to your goals - knowing what you want out of the decision.

3. Your decision outcome can be no better than your best alternative:
Many people see decision making as an analytical process that, if done right, is guaranteed to lead to nice outcomes. They believe that if they just think hard and long enough, great outcomes will result from their decisions.

The truth is: no matter how much effort you put in, no decision outcome can be better than the best alternative you considered. And no amount of analysis or systematic thinking will change that.

4. Make effort proportional to importance:
The more important a decision is, the more time you should spend on it. 'Duh, that's just common sense,' you say. Well, just like with many other things in life, common sense does not equal common practice.

Here's what often happens: we spend time on decisions not based on how important they are, but on how difficult they are. These are two very different concepts.

5. Taking a structured approach makes a big difference:
Making great decisions is a process that involves many unique and diametrically-opposite "thinking modes". For instance, to generate good alternatives, you must be creative and non-judgmental. But to ultimately make up your mind, you need to be judgmental. Knowing when to switch thinking modes is important, and it's too easy to get it wrong.

In that context, I strongly advise that you see the decision making process as a chain of separate steps. Isolate each step, going into different thinking modes in turn in order to make the best possible decision.

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou
"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." - Lou Holtz
"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” - Mark Twain
"May you live every day of your life." - Jonathan Swift

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate