How would it feel if you didn’t have to worry about money anymore?
Last month our 7-year-old threw a snowball at our TV and we had to buy a new one. Not long afterward, our fridge died just days before we went on a trip to Hawaii.
We didn’t have to go into debt or worry about paying for any of it.
Financial freedom feels far more amazing than we realize for as much as people throw around the term these days. Being able to buy what you need and much of what you want, just about whenever you need or want, is truly life-changing.
Things weren’t always this way for us though.
Just a few years ago, we made only a fraction of what we do now. Minor financial setbacks were a major burden, and nice vacations were hardly ever an option.
We were happy, but we didn’t know how much happier we’d be once we were financially free.
My goal is that by sharing this one skill that I’ve developed in the last few years and how it’s helped me 3x my income, you can experience this same shift in your financial situation and feel the joy of more freedom than you can imagine.
How I Learned This Highly Underrated Skill That Changed My Life
A few years ago I worked for a company that underpaid and undervalued me. I had a plan to leave and work for myself, but my indecisiveness held me back from making that decision which would set me on the path to where I am today.
Luckily for me, I was forced to move forward when the company found out I was leaving and they chose to let me go before I had planned to quit. It was tough, but I carried on with my plan to start my own company.
I made a lot of mistakes, but the necessity of making quick decisions to survive was a breeding ground for rapid growth. This also meant that my income started to increase almost as quickly as I was improving.
Soon, I was making double what I had made before.
Fast-forward a couple of years and I got an opportunity to take another job that would utilize my skills even better than working for myself would, so with the decisiveness I’d learned by working for myself, I took the leap back into the corporate world.
Although I had no idea how much more my rate of improvement, my income, and my happiness were going to continue to increase.
When you see dozens or even hundreds of accounts per day and have to make big decisions about each, like I did at this new job, you rapidly develop the skill of decisiveness. Your confidence rockets upward, and your manager will start to pay attention.
I grew so much so quickly that my leaders voluntarily gave me a raise within six months. Then, just a year after working there I was leading a team and doing more work than ever, so I asked for a larger raise and got it.
I still enjoy working at this job today and now my total income is now about 300% higher than it was at that old job before I worked for myself.
What’s even better is that I’m more confident, I’m happier, and of course, I get to experience the joy of not worrying when I have to buy a new TV and a new fridge right before going on vacation.
Why Decisiveness Works
Developing decisiveness is life-changing because it unlocks the power of action and action unlocks the confidence to continue acting on your goals and plans and to keep being more decisive.
It’s an upward spiral. A flywheel of success.
This skill is also wildly effective for growth because it will teach you the wrong way of doing things faster than any other way. This means that you can start doing things the right way, the way that works to make more money, faster than everybody else.
Those who make decisions quicker improve quicker. Clients and bosses pay more attention to a quick and confident learner who gets results fast than they do to someone who stagnates by relying on “talent.”
Look at Tim Denning for instance. He’s got a 7-figure online business and he’s the most decisive and thus the most prolific writer I know. He writes confidently in his style and publishes faster than the rest of us, so he knows what works and what doesn’t even with how rapidly things are changing.
This is why his growth has been so explosive in the last few years. And why Tim will continue to see such dramatic results for many years to come.
Tim stays consistent because he doesn’t sit there and think “should I publish this?” Instead, he’s too busy getting everything he can out there, seeing what sticks, and doubling down on what works.
How to Develop Decisiveness
This is one of those principles where the truth is that you gain the skill by practicing it. So at the core, to become more decisive you have to start making decisions faster and making more decisions each day.
But there are a few things you can do to optimize the process.
The quickest way to learn decisiveness is to figure out how to put yourself in a situation where you have to make a lot of big decisions in a short amount of time. It has to be something that you’re already skilled at, though, otherwise, it will backfire and your confidence will shrink.
This is how my job taught me decisiveness in just a few months and how I keep the skill sharp. I see dozens of projects every day that I have to make big decisions about. I’m a licensed professional in my field though, and I have years of experience to rely on to help me make more correct choices.
You’ll also have to accept the fact that with more decisions comes more mistakes, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. When you implement feedback loops and the ability to improve your processes, you’ll make better decisions and fewer errors over time.
At work, for instance, I’m constantly asking myself how to improve the systems I have for making these big decisions about my projects. I work with my leaders and my team to find innovative ways to streamline the process even further by analyzing what went wrong whenever I make a mistake.
Becoming more decisive isn’t easy. It’s also not going to change your financial situation overnight. It takes hard work, planning, and consistency to master this severely underrated skill.
But once you do master decisiveness, you’ll start to see opportunities opening up that you never dreamed of. And those experiences will grow your income in ways you can’t imagine.