I have a significant issue in my life. It plagues me constantly. It’s effects consume me. Some of the people around cannot stand what it does to me, while others have learned to appreciate it.
My issue is this: I can argue both sides of most situations. I have an uncanny ability to clearly see the argument from both sides.
At the end of the day, I believe this is part of my super-power. It gives me incredible perspective for most things. But there’s a downside–it takes me a long time to convince myself to make a decision.
Think about it. Not only can I make a case as to why I need yet another guitar, I can also make a case as to why I don’t need yet another guitar. And the battle wages constantly.
That’s where guiding principles come in.
To finish the thought on guitars, my guiding principle is simple: there’s always room for one more. (Well, maybe not…)
In all seriousness, though, I don’t want you to miss the next statement.
Guiding principles make us better and more consistent leaders.
Indecision in leadership can be incredibly harmful. So many times when I can’t make a decision, knowing my guiding principle gives me strength to move forward. Whether it be a program decision, an event to plan, a relationship to build, or so many other things. When I have spent time clarifying my wins, the decisions become less turbulent.
What decision are you trying to make today that could benefit from a guiding principle? Take some time to work through the big picture, and then see if that decision doesn’t become a little easier down the road.