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Old 05-15-2013, 12:51 PM
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Take some time away from work to think about your situation long and hard. You could take a long walk or sit on your front porch on a pleasant day. Put other daily activities and troubles out of your head and focus in on your unique problem. Be sure to keep a notepad or voice recorder handy and put everything down so that you can review your thoughts later.
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Try your best to listen to your instincts. There's an inner voice that not everyone is in tune to. Trust that inner voice (as they often say) as it holds our answers most of the time.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:56 PM
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Pretend that you've already made that difficult decision. How does it feel to you? Usually, if you can put yourself in that place in the future (in your mind), imagining what it is like after you have made a decision, it can help you feel what it would be like in that scenario. If it is comfortable to you, that's probably the right decision. If it is not, this is valuable information as to what direction you should take.
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Invite a close friend or business partner to lunch and discuss your dilemma with him/her. While your business might be private, the advice or input from someone you trust could be invaluable. At the very least, something they say might help you decide. Remember; they don't have to be an expert on the matter. They just need to be smart.
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Look at every angle of each decision. This will require making sure you have all facts on paper. When everything is documented, you'll have it all laid out in front of you and will be able to see the entire picture more clearly. Leave no stone unturned (as the old saying goes). Be sure that every detail of every consequence is covered.
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Hold tightly to your confidence. Not being able to make difficult decisions can be crippling. It's OK to be unsure about something for awhile but don't let it destroy your confidence. Give yourself the time you need for something so important.
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Consider difficult decisions that you've made in the past and how you handled them. What were the outcomes? Were you happy with your choices? If so, use that history to assist you in making the difficult decisions of today.
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If you don't like discussing your personal business with close friends or business associates, perhaps you could look into an organization like SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives). This is an organization of retired executives that offer free business mentoring. For future reference, SCORE also offers numerous business resources, live webinars and ongoing workshops.
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Consider whether one of your choices includes an element of fun. While this tip might seem less than important, don't underestimate how our passion drives us. We are more likely to be engaged at what we're doing if we are having fun at our jobs. While this might not be relevant to every decision, it can help with some of them.
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In making difficult decisions, ask yourself some of these questions and contemplate your answers:

1. Is this the best decision for my company?
2. Is this the best decision for my employees?
3. How does this decision affect my quality of life?
4. With this decision, do the positives outweight the negatives?
5. Will this decision make me more money.
6. Will this decision create more work or less work?
7. Is this decision sound in reason?
8. Does this decision require more resources than I have available to me?
9. Am I making the decision for the right reasons?
10. Would experienced business professionals think my decision is the right one?
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Take out a sheet a paper... or open up Microsoft Word and start writing. Sometimes the endless task of writing (without boundaries) is helpful to get more thoughts out of your head than what you may have thought were in there. It's an old trick used by writers. The more you freely write, the more you get the juices flowing, and that often leads to greater decision making because it gives you more to chew on and more angles to look at relevant to your options.
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Consider how you might feel when you are a senior citizen looking back on your life at this particular crossroads. Will you be proud of the decision you made? Will you feel it was the right one or would you have regrets. Sometimes thinking about it in this manner provides clarity.
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