Decisions in Business; Skip the Experts & Trust your Gut

I’ve often heard that being an entrepreneur is the best personal development course you’ll ever take because it forces you to truly address all of your issues. This is especially true when it comes to decisions in business – you spend lots of time making them day in and day out, big or small!

As a business owner, you must listen to your intuition even if your logical brain is telling you not to. You must consider your intuition even when all the “experts” are telling you what to do.

Now that doesn’t mean you have to avoid making decisions in business simply because mercury is in retrograde [unless that’s truly your jam :)]. But it does mean that you have to explore what those nagging feelings or inklings are trying to tell you.

Your Intuition Doesn’t Lie

There have been so many times in the last few years when I’ve been working with clients who could have avoided major mistakes or roadblocks in their business simply by listening to what that little voice was trying to tell them.

When you’re making decisions in business, it can be tempting to be overly rational. But if your intuition is telling you not to sign that contract, examine it deeper until you know exactly what you’re agreeing to – even if that means getting legal advice.

If that team member you have is merely satisfactory and you were hoping for stellar, consider whether you should keep looking instead of settling for mediocre. And on the flip side, consider whether mediocre will do for now.

Pro-tip: your job as CEO is to set your team up for success. So also examine your part in this! You may need to address internal processes or mindset issues in yourself first before expecting a different outcome from the team member.

When you start listening to the noise your intuition is making, you’ll find it easier to make the right decisions in business!

This also holds true when it comes to the advice and strategies of all the experts too. It’s so easy to go down the wrong path for your business because some shiny guru told you this was the answer to your conundrum.

Now of course, business mentors are amazing and totally necessary. I have several I follow and consult with on a regular basis, Maggie Patterson of Small Business Boss, Alex Rudnicka, and Susan Hyatt are a few. But, you can, and very likely want to, reject the cookie cutter advice that doesn’t make sense for your business model.

You ARE The Expert, Even If It Doesn’t Feel That Way

You are the ultimate expert when it comes to making the decisions in your business. Blueprints and roadmaps will only get you so far. When someone is telling me their way is guaranteed to generate results no matter what, why or how, I tend to get skeptical.

There are so many experts and gurus out there claiming they know how to get you to a 7-figure business (because let’s face it, we’ve left the 6-figure dream in the dust with a lot of these methodologies). And yes, some of them can and do help their clients get amazing results.

Many though are simply selling the dream that what worked for them is repeatable and will work for you. Some are even selling something they’ve only seen other people do.

I get it though, decisions in business are scary. When you’re truly doing the work you’re dealing with the big, the unknown, and the transformational. But isn’t that why you got into this business in the first place?

So embrace your inner badass when it’s time to make decisions in business and listen to the true expert – YOU.

If your gut or intuition are telling you to listen to a mentor, then do it! But don’t blindly follow any advice you’re given if it doesn’t make sense.

What kind of entrepreneur are you?

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