Do you know you need to make a decision? Do you know you need to make a choice? Is something holding you back?
Often we put off making a decision or a choice because we don’t know what we want.
One way to work around this problem is by finding an image or a person that we can use as an example. An example of the way something looks, the way it is laid out or the color. An example of decisions a person has made, resources they use or something they have produced that’s inspiring.
You can compile images in a swipe file. A swipe file is a set of templates or examples that can be used as a reference. This file could be saved on your computer, in Evernote or on a Pinterest board. Once you have an image that you like you can begin to make your decision. What do you like about the image? What would you change? Having a starting or reference point will make it easier to know what you do and don’t want.
You can also do this by looking at people’s lives. How did they get to where they are? What is their story? What choices and mistakes did they make along the way? How can you use their experience and examples in your life. Again by using an example it’s easier to make decisions. It’s easier to say what you want and don’t want. An example may even help you come up with an idea that you would have never thought of by yourself.
Seeing that someone has accomplished something and how they accomplished it or what something looks like gives you the courage to move forward with your decision. Once you see that someone else has already accomplished something similar to what you want to accomplish makes it easier for you. If they were able to do it, you know that you are able to do it too.
Once you have made your decision you simply reverse engineer the end product. You work backwards from what you want to find the starting point. You break each decision into smaller and smaller steps until you come up with something you can do. Something that is easy for you to do. Something that you can take action on today.
Once you have found your starting point you complete each step until you reach the end. Since you reverse engineered the process you will know all the steps. There will be no guess work. You just have to complete the steps. You just have to do the work. And doing the work is easier if you don’t have to make difficult decisions along the way. You have already made the decisions. You already know you can do it. Now you just need to get to work.