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How to Make Championship Decisions

A Decision-Making Framework Every Leader Needs to Enhance Their Family, Business, Or Team

Have you ever had to make an important decision?

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Is this a trick question?”

Think about it this way.

Have you ever rushed into a decision? Or have you ever made a decision on a whim that you later regretted?

Been there, done that.

Shoot! As a husband, dad, coach, and entrepreneur, EVERY minute on my calendar matters. I have little room for error. I don’t have the margin to let bad decisions stack on top of each other. It would make a mess of my days.

And what a mess I made when I was firing up my latest business. I couldn’t get it together when it came to decision-making.

Here are a couple examples:

The first…

Friend: “J.R., you wanna play golf?”

Me (to myself): “Ohh, heck yes! I could be paired up with a future client. Crap, but, I need to write that article. Ahh, it could wait until tonight.”

Spoiler alert: guess which article didn’t get written that night? And guess who became irritable with his family because the article wasn’t written? Yep. This guy.

Or how about this one?…

Influencer: “J.R., can you speak at our event this week?”

Me (to myself): “An audience full of people who may need my business coaching services? I’m in. But, wait…it’s at the same time I take the kids to school. Maybe Jess (my wife) could take them that day.”

Well, guess who was upset when she found out that I scheduled the talk? Yeah, my wife. Plus, I forgot something else  – I needed prep time for the speaking engagement, which meant more hours taken away from my day that I didn’t account for ahead of time.

Here’s the deal: I had NO process for making decisions, yet I was living in a world where I was required to make decisions constantly (and quickly!).

My decision-making game changed when I decided to apply a framework I learned from Brendon Burchard – the leading expert on high-performance and the man who certified me as a high-performance coach. But I didn’t stop there.

From my experiences as an entrepreneur and high-performance coach, I understood how important core values were as a filter in the decision-making process. I also realized how powerful my calendar was as a decision-making tool.

I was determined. The next time I needed to make a decision, I would put all three to the test – Brendon’s framework, my core values, and my Championship Week calendar.

It worked. But was it a fluke?

So, I tried it on the next decision. It worked again.

And again…and again.

So much for a fluke. This stuff worked!!!!

I can’t even describe how much more PEACE I have around the decision-making process today. This framework is a gamechanger!

In addition to the peace…if the outcome of a decision I made isn’t exactly what I want, I could live with it. Because I could go back to the process and evaluate WHERE exactly I went wrong.

You know, the world wants us to believe that our decisions need to be made based on intuition or by analyzing a crazy amount of data. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and a place for both, especially with important life, business, or career decisions.

But I’m talking about the everyday decisions that we have to make that prevent us from doing our best work, limit us from spending quality time with our family, or lead to a poor performance on the field or in our line of work.

They’re there. Every day. And I’m going to help you manage them.

I want to give you the same level of peace I have around this. You deserve it. Living and walking around with 500 tabs open in your head isn’t peaceful. Neither is the frustration that comes with people constantly coming at you for things. You deserve better. MUCH better.

And, by the way, what I’m about to teach you…this is also the type of stuff that the world’s highest performers are doing.  

Ok, so here’s the framework:

Step 1 – Filter the decision through my favorite formula that I learned from Brendon Burchard: TERMS < ROI + FB + PD + L

TERMS = Time, Energy, Resource, Money, Sanity (they HAVE TO BE LESS than what you get out of using them!)

ROI = Return on Investment

FB = Future Business (if you do _____, will it lead to future business for you?)

PD = personal development (if you’re not getting more personal development out of it, don’t do it!)

L = Lifestyle (if your lifestyle won’t improve, don’t do it!)

Step 2 –  If the activity passes Step 1, you’re now going to run it through your Core Values – it must be in line with at least a majority of them. So if you have five core values, the activity should be in line with at least three. If you have seven, it should be in line with at least four…you get the picture.

Step 3 – If it passes Step 2, you’ll need to check if the activity fits on your calendar.

Here’s a real life example – something that happened to me not too long ago.

I was asked to do a speaking engagement in front of a crowd of about 250 people. I won’t bore you with the details of Step 1 because it passed – the ROI+FB+PD+L was definitely greater than the TERMS I would use.

Now, on to Step 2.

Is speaking in this event in line with my core values? For me, it would have to be in line with at least three of my five core values.

It passed this. So, I moved on to Step 3.

Did it fit into my Championship Week Calendar?

Now, keep in mind this event was two months down the road, and my schedule wasn’t completely booked yet.

Looking at my Championship Week Calendar™ I noticed that if I took this gig, it would interfere with my morning routine…THE routine that sets me up for a winning day.

So, I had a decision to make.

Looking through Steps 1 and 2 again, was it worth moving my routine up, pushing it back, or removing it all together?

It sure as heck wasn’t worth removing it all together! I need that routine. Pushing it back wasn’t an option either…the whole point of it is to prepare me for my day, which included doing a talk like this.

So, could I move my routine up?

Well, that would require me waking up at 3AM, instead of 4. That meant I would have to go to bed at 8PM the night before in order to get my required seven hours of sleep. And, if I did that, I wouldn’t have the 1-on-1 time with my wife that we both need before ending our day.

So, there it was. The answer was right in front of me. It was a NO. Taking on that gig, although it would have potentially benefited me financially, wasn’t worth the calendar shuffle…it had too many repercussions that affected multiple areas of my life.

So, that’s the decision-making framework. You see how I took emotion out of the decision? Did you notice how each step allowed me to logically think through it?

At first this may seem complex and convoluted, but hear me out…I can’t begin to tell you how much more simple my decision-making has been since implementing this process.

When I simplified this area of my life, all of sudden my home life got better, my business performance went through the roof, and my career went into overdrive.

If you made it this far, I’m going to assume want three things:

  1. More simplicity in your life
  2. Improvement in your home life
  3. The next level in your career

This framework can help you make that a reality.

But, don’t be fooled. This is not easy at the beginning. It takes some self-discipline and determination.

People make mistakes with this when they skip a step. They may use the formula and their calendar, but skip running the decision through their core values. In this case, they end up making a decision and later regret it because it left a pit in their stomach (again, because it went against their core values).

Alternatively, they may skip the formula altogether, and just rely on core values and their calendar. In this case, they find themselves more emotional during the decision-making process (and we all know what they say about making a decision when we’re emotionally charged)!

Finally, they may not have established their Championship Week calendar or core values, and are missing out on key tools to help them make rational decisions.

Don’t make those same mistakes.

Copy the formula, define three to seven of your most important core values, design your Championship week, AND USE THEM TOGETHER in the way I just showed you.

The first thing I encourage you to do after reading this is to think about a decision you made recently that you regretted. Then, take it through the process above.

Would you have made the same decision?

Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have your core values and Championship Week defined before doing this exercise. And if you need a Championship Week Calendar template or process for determining your core values, I got you covered. Click here to download my Championship Week Calendar template, and click here to download my Championship Values worksheet.

What was your biggest “aha” after implementing this framework? Comment below and let us know!

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