Make a Decision and Start
Alright, here is an exchange that we have all had at least 10,509 times each and it goes something like this: “Where do you want to go to dinner tonight?” “I don’t know, you pick.” “I picked last time, you pick!” and so on for hours until both parties end up eating a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch at 9:30pm. The reason it is so difficult is because by dinner time the average person has made over 30,000 decisions and truly has decision fatigue. So, how do we reduce the decisions we make? Paraphrasing from our friends at Nike, Just Decide.
I have wanted to do a podcast for a few years now but because of the amount of decisions I came up with in my head I became overwhelmed and decided I would do it when I had more time (more on the time topic next week). What would I call it? When would I produce it? How would I edit it? What equipment should I buy? Who would listen? That last one is pretty easy to answer because if you are like me and go a few years without making a decision then the answer will be exactly no one. So many decisions, how can anyone possibly start something like this?
Then, 2 weeks ago, my future sister in law Leah texted me and said she was doing a podcast around life and wanted to know if I wanted to co-host. Yes, of course I do! She sent me the link to buy the recording hardware I needed and Amazon had it to me within 48 hours, step 1 done. We then said a week later we would come together with our ideas and plan everything out. A week later on Tuesday we talked for 45 minutes and outlined exactly what we plan to do when we record for the first time next Tuesday. Check. The good news as I told her, “we don’t have a podcast or any listeners yet so if we don’t like the name, format, etc. we just change it and no one is the wiser.” Just like that, easy and quick decisions and we start this Tuesday!
What are you holding back on doing because you don’t know exactly how it will go? How many friends have you told that you are just waiting for the “right time” to make your move? Have you told yourself, “I can’t start this project until I figure out these next 285 steps?” If this is you, make a decision to start today….and always have Cinnamon Toast Crunch in the cupboard.