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Being Decisive when others are Being Indecisive

Hello everyone from the beautiful town of Las Vegas.

I was thinking about a class I took over a year ago and one topic came up on clarity of purpose.  The topic was to help alleviate any time you may have an event come up in your life into 10 levels of importance.

How it works is like this.  Write out on a sheet of paper the most important things to you in your life.  This could be spending time with your children or your spouse.  It could be taking care of a sick family member.  Or it could be a fitness routine that you regularly partake.  Some people have education priorities.

As an example some of mine are as follows, in no particular order:

exercise – yoga

spending time with my best friend (when she is in town)

spending time with my girlfriend


writing up offer on real estate

showing homes to clients

updating real estate website

building UWT business

interviews and webinars

giving a talk

preparing a talk

networking (both UWT and real estate)

Go ahead and create your list now.  Then come back to read on.

Now that you have your list of 10+ items, start to rank them as to which is more important that the other.  I fully understand that sometimes situations come up that may shift the level, but just bare with me and in general rank these.

For example, I may say that going to a yoga class could be #3 on my list.  I could also say showing homes is #2 on my list.

Now that you have your top 10 – 15 items remove anything except for the top 10.  Make sure you have them in that level of importance.  Are you sure you have it?

Now here comes the profound part.  If two items on your list happen to be going on at the same time and neither can be rescheduled you now have which one must come first.  In my example above if I wanted to take a 4:30 yoga class on Thursday and a client  comes to me that is going out of town on Thursday night at 7:00 and she had to see a home during that 4:30 class time.  I now know that on my list that showing a home to a client is ranked #2 and yoga is #3, thus the client prevails.  I would have to take a later class or find some other way to make up the missed class.

This is a technique you can use as you plan out your day or week.  If you see potential scheduling conflicts then find ways of figuring out which is more important.

Of course this doesn’t mean that if #2 on your list is taking your college class and all of a sudden your dog (which is #5 on your list) is seriously injured and needs to go to the vet doesn’t mean you have to take your class over saving your dog’s life.  Of course emergencies prevail.

The whole purpose of this blog and exercise is to gain clarity on what is important to you and place it in a proper order.  This will help in making decisions more quickly when times conflict with each other and you don’t spend an hour trying to figure out which to choose.  You simply say well event 1 is #2 on my list and event 2 is #6 on my list so I have to go with event 1.

Thank you for reading.  Looking forward to seeing you all in the near future.

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Kevin A Dunlap has been self-employed since 1999. He is an author, and professional speaker. He specializes with creating innovating techniques to motivate and inspire people to achieve more in what they want in their careers and jobs.

Kevin Dunlap

Kevin A Dunlap is a business and life coach specializing in helping people discover their desires and to help them build a game plan in taking the next steps in their life. He is the author of the books Designing Your Own Destiny and The Winner's Code: Secrets of the Winner's Mindset.

Kevin is also the producer of the podcast Life's Little Lessons where he interviews entrepreneurs from all over the world.

He is a professional speaker and trainer. He has been known to talk at multiple entrepreneurial functions.

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