As a business person, there are going to be lots of times when you have to make a deal. If you want to make these agreements consistently and practically, you have to stay clear headed. Your end goal has to be in mind, and you have to understand the steps to get there, without letting any active fallacy get in your way.
To keep an open and focused mind, especially if you base your career around a business, it’s important to stay sober, get your required amount of sleep, understand when to say ‘no,’ and be always confident in your ability to balance emotion and logic.
Do It Sober
Stress is a part of life. Some people relieve stress by using drugs and alcohol. If you travel too far down that path, you may end up with the sobriety problem. And how many businesses or business deals have failed because of poor decisions resulting from lack of sobriety? You could probably count that number in the billions or trillions. By living sober, your business logic has a chance to survive and thrive in an ultra competitive world, so be sure to understand your habits and know what your limitations are.
Get Your Required Sleep
Bad decisions get made when you’re tired. So schedule yourself time enough to get sleep. It has been glamorized in the past – decisions to sleep as little as possible to try to get more things done – but that ends up being a myth. You will always make better business decisions when your brain has had time to reset with a good night’s sleep. Good scheduling habits are much more important than just trying to stay awake for as many hours as possible.
Know When To Say ‘No’
The importance of saying ‘no’ cannot be understated when it comes to financial decisions especially.And sometimes, you’ll have a knee-jerk reaction to want to affirm or agree with things that other people are saying or requesting of you. Automatic affirmation is a fast track to disaster. A clear head means that you know how much time you have and can’t assume that you’ll just create more hours in the day out of your desires for them to be there.
Balance Emotion and Logic
There is a balancing act between emotion and logic when it comes to creating successful business deals. The best way to find this balance is to always have a clear mind, a clear focus, and a clear path to success. Do whatever you need to do to have that space in your head where you can think appropriately and in the long term about every single aspect of any project, especially the more important ones!