We had a great time – pizza, playing games, swapping stories, going to the State Park to learn more about ducks, then back to my place for hot chocolate and chilling out.
I love being with kids. They always teach me something new about how I complicate the simple. Last night’s lesson was about marshmallows.
It was a no-brainer that we’d go with the big ones. My main question was HOW MANY to put in each cup. That’s when I found out that “it doesn’t really matter how many – it matters how long the chocolate will stay hot (so you can keep putting them in).”
When I think of all the times in my life I’ve based my important life choices on the wrong question, I’m stunned.
A few months ago I was revisiting my business plan – tweaking, adjusting and reassessing. I was asking myself the usual questions: what product changes are needed?; what are my customers saying?; how’s the profit margin?; to what charities shall I contribute this year?; and so on…
Then I realized I’d forgotten to ask the most important question – “Do I still LOVE doing this (is the chocolate still hot)?”
The answer, of course, is YES. So I proceeded answering the other questions. What if I’d forgotten to ask that one, though?
Thanks to Charles and Abbie, my decision-making process has now changed forever. When I have an important decision to make, the first question I’ll ask myself is “What’s the most important question I need to be asking?” Until I know THAT answer – I’ll wait.
How about you? How do you decide the important stuff?