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Don’t Let Circumstances Dictate Your Choices

“Your circumstances may limit your choices, but they don’t have to dictate your choices!”

I heard this quote at church on Sunday and I was so impressed that I tweeted it straight away.

What are you circumstances? Do you feel as if you are at rock bottom or on top of the world?

It is said that you have arrived at the place that you find yourself at as the direct result of all the decisions that you have made – both good and bad – up until that time. Okay, so it is probably fair to say that some of my decisions have not been the best that I could have made.

Do I regret any of my decisions? I can’t regret them, because they have made me who I am. If I had to make them again, I would, with hindsight, make some alternative decision if faced with the same situations, but armed with superior knowledge.

We are tasked with being good stewards of our resources and I would encourage you to bear that in mind as you make choices. Don’t spend money that you do not have and create a pit of debt that will engulf you.

Back in 2010, I had an opportunity to partner with an organisation from Melbourne and bring a program featuring John Maxwell called Leadercast to New Zealand. On the surface it seemed to be a good investment, but the program was unknown locally and it would have taken over $30,000 to market.

If successful, it would have catapulted my business into the stratosphere.

However, if it failed, it would have damaged my marriage as a loss of that scale would have caused too many financial strains that I could not afford to impose on my wife and our relationship.

The solution? To surround myself with 5 hand-picked individuals who became my Board of Directors – my Inner Circle – who were tasked with helping me analyse this investment opportunity.

The result? Their combined wisdom indicated that the investment was too risky at that particular time and they unanimously agreed that the timing wasn’t right.

Eight months later, I ended up joining the John Maxwell Team and I now have a stronger relationship with John and my business has grown beyond my wildest dreams and with less investment and risk to my relationship with my wife.

As you consider selecting your own Board of Directors or Inner Circle, here are 5 things that I used to help me make my selection:

  1. Select them for their business acumen. Make sure that you surround yourself with people who are even better than you with a track record of success in business.
  2. Select them for their spiritual oversight. As a man of faith, I wanted to be surrounded by other ‘men of faith’ to support me. For it is said that “…where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 NKJV)
  3. Select them with a purpose in mind. Make sure that you are a wise steward of their time and come prepared to any meetings that you have with them.
  4. Select them with an open heart. Be ready to accept their wisdom and their advice, even if what they recommend may not be what you are hoping to hear.
  5. Select them with prayer. Do not lean on your own understanding but rely on the Lord.

So the next time that you find your circumstances seem to be limiting your choices, remember that “Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.” (Proverbs 15:22 NKJV)

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