How to Use Your North Star to Make Tough Choices

This week on Episode 145 of the podcast I’m talking all things #JOMO with the very first guest of our new call-in style season (Season 12), Amy.

During our conversation, Amy and I talk about how to create a North Star that is unique and specific to your lifestyle. We also discuss how to give yourself permission to make adjustments to your North Star as you grow into the person that you want to be . . .

And it has me itching to talk about something else: how do we use our North Star to our advantage after we’ve created it?

How can we make sure that we’re keeping our North Star front and center when it comes to the projects we decide to take on? How can we apply it in real-time as we continue to evolve and are faced with tough decisions to make?

These are just a few questions that I want to dive into today as we expand upon the conversation I had with Amy on Episode 145.

Let’s get started!

 

How to Use Your North Star to Make Tough Choices

 

Remember Your Mission Statement —

If you tuned in to the episode this week, then you already know that a lot of my conversation with Amy was focused on the first part of any North Star, the mission statement.

Whether we’re talking about your personal life or your professional life, keeping your mission statement in mind is crucial to ensuring that any decision you make is in tune with who you are at your core, and won’t throw you off course from where you want to be in the future.

The next time you’re faced with a tough decision, check it against your mission statement. If it’s in alignment with the reason that you do what you do (be it at home or at work)–your why, in other words–go for it!

If not, take a step back and consider the direction of your sails.

 

Look to the Future —

Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to making tough choices is your vision statement, which is essentially a phrase or sentence that defines where you want to go and who you want to be in the future.

What choices might you need to make in order to bring you closer to the destination you have in mind? What opportunities are in tune with your dreams, that you should look out for and should not hesitate to say yes to?

By keeping your eyes on the horizon (that is, the place where you want to be in the future), you’re more likely to feel comfortable and confident with your answer to any tough decision that you’re faced with making along your journey to your future self.

 

Tap Into Your Core Values —

When deciding whether to take on something new or not, another great way to ensure that you’re making a choice that feels good for you and your trajectory is to test the choice against your core values.

Would saying yes to an opportunity you’re presented with inspire the same sense of contentment, the same kinds of words and emotions, that is synonymous with the things that you value most? Will it add to the plan you have in mind for your life? . . . What might saying No mean as it relates to those same values?

If you remember from a previous episode, your core values are a group of words that work in concert to create the essential standards that guide your behavior and shape your decisions.

They answer the question: “How will I support my mission and vision statements?”

If the opportunity you’re faced with isn’t in alignment with the person you are or you’re striving to be at your core, and if it won’t support your mission and vision statements, then it’s always best to reconsider what going all in with your decision might mean for you, your goals, and your dreams in the long-term.

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How have you used your North Star to guide you along your journey to your future self? Share any of your experiences with making tough decisions in the comments below . . .

And tune in to Episode 145 this week to hear how Amy, my first guest of Season 12 of Productivity Paradox, was able to overcome the disconnect she felt in her North Star by fine-tuning her personal mission statement to match her lifestyle, her goals, and her big dreams!

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Tonya Dalton
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