Living your Truth w : Jimmy Naraine

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Making decisions is a fairly simple process, right? Well, depending on how you make those decisions, you’re going to have a different opinion on how easy or how hard making decisions are. For me, my process of making decisions is a long process of getting all of it down on a whiteboard, seeing how this decision will affect me and the people around me, as well as seeing if this decision aligns with who I am, and what I believe in, and if it doesn’t, then I’ll see if there are things about it that I can tweak to help it fit with me better or if there are better decisions out there that I could be making instead of the one I’m presented with.

I try to be conscious of the things that I do and how I affect the world through my decisions. One example to illustrate my point would be how I don’t like using straws. I won’t use a straw unless I really have to and even then, I’ll always go for the better, more sustainable option of going with a reusable straw rather than using those plastic straws that we all know and love. This is because when we use plastic straws, most of them will end up in landfills and eventually find their way to the ocean to harm the ecosystem and that’s just not the kind of impact that I’m looking to make in the world.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had the chance to go surfing and when I surfed, I kept thinking about how beautiful the ocean is, and how sad it is and how much of a shame it would be if future generations couldn’t enjoy the beauty of our oceans just because I used a plastic straw one too many times.

Someone who shares this philosophy with me is Jimmy Naraine. I’ve had the great honor of interviewing him on Instagram live a while ago which you can find here, or you can go read the article I wrote about that interview and what I learned from that interview here. Jimmy also has his own decision-making process that he talked about in the interview where he will basically take his thoughts and options and write them down on a piece of paper or a whiteboard (if he can find one) and will weigh them out to figure out which one is the best decision that he can make.

But that’s not the whole story. Jimmy explained later on that when you’re given let’s say, 2 options, with one looking quite obviously like the better decision to make and that it looks like the best one, sometimes it’s important for us to not only judge the decisions based on the impact that it will bring us, but also to those around us. One of the ways we can do this is to analyze those options through the lens of our virtues, values, and beliefs. We need to maintain our boundaries to stand by the things that we truly do believe in to help enable us to truly live our truth and share it with the world. This may sound hard at first, but the more you do it, the more integrity you will build, and the easier standing by your beliefs and values will eventually become.

Jimmy had also given advice for people who have been having a hard time making their decisions to go out there and come up with their own system of making decisions. This is because not everyone will think the same way, and what works for me and him might just not work for others. This is why setting up your own process, your system to help you make your decisions will make it much easier for you in the long run.

There’s also another thing that you might need to keep in mind; decisions have consequences to them, and one of the more important ones to remember is the opportunity cost. You see, when you decide to do something, you are locked in by your commitment to do that one thing and it will prevent you from doing the other thing that you have decided wasn’t as good of a decision as to the one you’ve chosen. Let’s say one of them is a full-time job and the other one is to start your business. Though it is exciting and very much liberating to go out there and build something that is truly yours, you will never get the same sense of security that the first option will give you, at least not for a little while, and you simply can’t take the full-time job simply because successfully building a business takes up so much of our time, effort, and resources that it’s simply not a good idea to do it while still having a full-time commitment to something else. Opportunity costs are important and you should keep that in mind when making your decisions.

Taking some time off of the decision-making process and coming back to it later after you’ve gone and cleared your head and looking at it holistically is also a great idea that jimmy pointed out. This is because though sometimes being logical is the only option that we have, we also have to take our emotions into consideration as it’s something that is very subjective and can’t be measured in any meaningful way.

If you want to live your truth, these are the things that you need to note down and implement in your life. Not only will it allow you to make better decisions in the future, but it will also help you live your truth by taking your beliefs, values, and virtues into consideration when you’re making what may seem like insignificant decisions, but when the time comes, all of it will add up and you’ll have to make a life-changing decision. This will help you when the time comes, but until then, keep living your truth!

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Personal Branding Coach and Creator of House of Leaders, a leadership community with 1.3million followers on Instagram.

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Personal Branding Coach and Creator of House of Leaders, a leadership community with 1.3million followers on Instagram.

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