When you’re making decisions, do you tend to focus on what “makes sense”?
This is a common trap for over-thinkers, especially when it’s a “big” decision — meaning that the consequences of the decision feel significant to you.
Here’s the thing: if you’re focused on what “makes sense,” you’re already starting at a disadvantage.
This applies for personal decisions and for decisions you’re making with your team at work and decisions in your business.
The options that “make sense” are those that are already known to you. This means that you’re limiting your options to the realm of possibilities known to your conscious mind, and eliminating options that aren’t in your awareness.
What makes sense is comfortable for you. It’s the safe choice. Instead of saying this option makes sense, you might as well say, this option is the safe choice and preserves the status quo, so I don’t have to stretch.
At least be honest with yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe, of course. If that’s what you want to do, then go with what makes sense.
But if you want to elevate your life and choose a path of growth, if you envision yourself as a person who makes bold moves, you won’t get where you want to go by choosing what “makes sense.”
The choices that catapult us to new realms rarely make sense. They don’t make sense when we choose them and sometimes they don’t make sense even in hindsight.
You may need to go down several paths before you can look back and connect the dots.
Often we know what we need to do and we resist it because it doesn’t “make sense.” Trust your knowing.
It doesn’t have to make sense.
The best decisions you make often won’t make sense.