Create Your Decision-Making Measuring Stick

personal development Dec 31, 2020
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Where do you want to be a week, month, or year from now in your endeavor?

What's your strategy for staying the course and maintaining momentum toward that goal?

Difference-makers like us possess active imaginations, abundant energy, and enthusiasm-to-spare for generating new idea and leaping at unanticipated opportunities. How do you prevent these impulses from becoming distractions or rabbit holes?

A practice I've developed is to create a decision-making measuring stick – three words against which I measure every decision to ensure I'm not getting lost or in my own way.

My current three words are focus, boldness, and discipline.

When a new shiny object or opportunity unexpectedly presents itself and I must decide to bite or pass, I ask myself, "Would leaping at this opportunity serve my focus, encourage my boldness, and maintain my discipline?"

If the answer to all three markers is "Yes," than it is worth considering. If, on the other hand, one or more of these indicators yield a "No," then I pass and continue as I was.

What three words would serve as an effective and efficient gauge for your decision-making?


Scott Perry, Difference-Maker Coach at Creative on Purpose.

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