Questions first- Answers follow:
1)How many times have you made decisions in your business and had a tight feeling gnawing at you in the pit of your stomach?
→ Many of us have experienced this gnawing in the pit of our stomach. This is the first indication that something just doesn’t feel right in the deal we are about to make. It’s a warning for our spirit, a red flashing light that is given to us. However, it is our choice how we react to it and what decision we make.
2. How many times have you ignored the feeling?
→ Don’t get defensive! Many times we choose to ignore this feeling, thinking that we know this is the right way to go. Sometimes it turns out ok, many times it doesn’t. We justify our actions by telling ourselves that “it was a learning lesson” but we know that it usually ends up making us bitter to which ever media or company we lost our butts too.
3. How many times has that decision come back to bite you in the butt?
→ On a normal, especially for me, when I go against the gut feeling I have a 98% rate of it coming back to bite me in the butt. This is true in most businesses, however business owners fail to see it until years down the road. Why? Because the are focusing on what to do to grow their business in a frame of mind that leaves them open to every “best thing since the butter knife” scheme that comes along.
4. How much money has been wasted by making those bad decisions?
→ Thousands of dollars each month are wasted on these bad decisions, especially for new or young companies trying to make their mark on the community and the world.
5. How to avoid making bad decisions?
→ Listen to your gut feeling. It’s there for a reason! As a sales person and the Head of our Marketing Dept. I know when someone is hesitating about using our services. The body language is totally different and will change when you switch from services to when you start talking money, especially when it is out of “their perceived price range”. So my advice here is… if you have a gut feeling, take a day or two to think about what is offered, do the research to make sure they are who they say they are, ask for local references in the area already using the service, make sure it is a fit for your business (this is a big key) and find a friend or coach to discuss it with if you still have doubts.
No matter what you think, do or attempt the final piece of advice is to pray about it! God gave you the Holy Spirit as a guide. So why not talk to the Master when you are making decisions in your business.
Market your business by Faith, trust the message you receive and reap the rewards of your do diligence. Have a safe and fun Memorial Weekend and God Bless all of you who are striving to include God in your life, your business and your Marketing.