Have you been thinking about quitting your job and starting your own business? Some people think about it and some people dream about it.

So, what do you do? Are you a dreamer or a doer?

There is a lot to think about before starting your own business. You should make the decision and figure out how you’re going to take the leap.

So how do you make the decision? I’m sure that’s what you want to know. There is a simple method you can use to make a big decision. Benjamin Franklin did a similar strategy every time he was faced with making a big decision.

It was basically a Pros/Cons list he created. He would write down all the Pros on one side of the page and all the Cons on the other side of the page.

When he was done, the side of the list with the bigger list would help him make the determination on what decision he would make.
Some people say he would wait 4 days to decide after creating the list.

Simple, yet very effective.

People have known about this strategy for years, but most won’t do it. What do you have to lose?

Another strategy to use to help you make a big decision is to just use your instincts. Far too many people don’t listen to their ‘gut’ and ignore their internal instincts.

You were given these instincts for a reason. So, use them.

I’d like to go a little deeper with you in your decision-making progress. Another way to make this big decision is to ask yourself a series of the 10 questions that I’ve listing below. Write down your answer after each question. Be honest with yourself and pour your heart out on the page.

Wait a minimum of 24 hours and then read back over each question and answer you gave. You’ll be a little surprised at some of your answers. Once you’ve done this, your mind should be a little more clearer and help you move forward.

1. Are you happy with your current situation?
2. Do you feel valued and appreciated?
3. Have you hit a glass ceiling at your current job?
4. Do you have passion for what it is you do right now?
5. Do you have a strong belief system in the company, leaders, product and or service you provide?
6. Is money a big determination or is it quality of life issues?
7. Do you feel you’ll make progress in the pecking order in the next 5 years?
8. Are you micromanaged?
9. Do you feel your voice is heard?
10. Are you bored and restless?

When push comes to shove, it does come down to, can you afford to leave your current job/situation and still maintain your lifestyle?

This question becomes harder when you have a family to take care of. If your current employer offers you health insurance and a 401K, will you be able to replace this important coverage and will you still be able to save for your retirement?

I’m not telling you what to do or not to do, I’m just giving you some things to think about. There will be sacrifices that you will have to make along the way, but I can tell you, the payoff is far greater than the alternative.

There is something to be said about calling your own shots and being your own boss. The biggest mistake you can make is, is to not decide and just go through life with regrets.

Follow your heart and let your passion push you to greatness…

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