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If we want to get to where we want to be or better personally and professionally, we need to understand how we make our decisions, why we make our decisions, and how to make them quickly aligned with our goals. When we use pragmatic tools to enhance our decision-making each and every day, we can get closer to reaching our true potential. Here are five strategic practices to utilize everyday to find happiness and fulfillment, as you pursue your dreams and goals.

Know your “what”

The first step of strategic decision-making is to determine and balance what we want personally and professionally, along with what we want to give and receive. How we give weight to these four different realms relies on the external factors that are out of our control, from the weather to the current economic state, and the meaning we give to the defining moments of our past. We cannot make a decision that is aligned with where we want to be or better unless we can find the light, the love, and the lessons in our failures, setbacks, and mistakes. This will take us from a state of nothingness to a mathematical possibility of achieving our goals.

Know your “who”

We can make a possibility into a probability by knowing who we can help and who can help us to get the “what” that we’ve identified. The easiest way to get to where we want to be is to ask someone who is already there for directions or to help others to get where they want to go. By doing so, we also create a community of people who will help each other, accelerating everyone toward success. We build a community that will buy from us and sell for us for life – a key component of all the most successful companies.

Know your “how”

After knowing our “what” and “who,” we need to know how to actually accomplish the tasks required for us to achieve our goals, which is dependent on time. Our days are filled with activities that are planned and unplanned, both paid and unpaid. We first must figure out our non-negotiable activities, such as getting enough sleep, our health, and spending quality time with family. The remaining time can be filled with activities that we want and will accelerate us on the trajectory of where we want to be. We can also quantitatively measure our progress with time. If we find ourselves spending less time engaging in bad behaviors everyday, we know we are making progress. By studying time, we go from a probability of success to a perspective of productivity.

Know your “now”

There is nothing more statistically successful than doing something now. If we know how to prioritize, do what we need to do now, and know what we need to do next, we find the antidote to procrastination and feeling overwhelmed. We shift our paradigm to one of abundance, feeling excited for the plentiful opportunities before us. Prioritization creates our materialization and monetization. It constructs our reality.

Apply your “why”

Most people live in a world of “I want people to think I am” instead of “I am.” They search for more, not realizing that it’s something they already have. We must make decisions as if “I am” and question what we are doing to interfere with it. This requires having a source of faith that is bigger than us and loves us more than our mom. Our fear of the past and future is simply interfering with our connection to this source. Instead of resisting our fear, we must simply stop, identify what ego-based consciousness we are applying to it, and reconnect with our source of faith. When we remember “I am,” we will live in spirit, lessen resistance, and make the right decisions that promote and protect us to enjoy the consistent pursuit of our potential.

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