Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. That’s a paraphrase of Henry Ford’s famous quote. But it’s true. The way you think has everything to do with what you can or cannot do.

Today’s topic is about determining what type of decision-making person you are.  

Do you just go with the flow? Are you laid-back relaxed? Do you handle whatever life throws at you?


Do you grab the bull by the horns, take charge, and make things happen for yourself?

Do you consider yourself a passive decision maker?

I recently discovered I have been quite passive with my life until now. I just went with what came my way. I married the first guy who asked me with little thought. I handled whatever projects were assigned to me at work without questioning anything. I even became a Master Six Sigma Black Belt and studied statistics all because someone suggested I’d be a good candidate. The point I’m making is I was passive in these life events.  I didn’t really have a game plan for my life.

Do you consider yourself an active decision-maker?

If you study your options, assess each path, determine which would align with your goals, and choose the best path for you…I’d say you’re an active decision-maker. 

You probably have an idea of how you’d like your life to turn out. You make plans to help you achieve goals. You take action. And you reach your destination.

For me, I became a more active participant when I launched my business.

But I quickly found out that old adage, “build it and they will come” doesn’t work out too well. Ha ha ha!

Well, if you’ve ever thought about starting a business, you better believe it takes an active decision-making process.

For example, you have to manage your business expenses to ensure you’re not spending more than you’re bringing in. You also have to decide what activities you will spend your time on. Which of those activities are of higher value to the success of your business?  

There are lots of decisions you must make in your business. And until you fully grasp your active participation, you might find yourself making some common mistakes in the start-up phase.

To help you avoid a few of those common mistakes during the startup process, I’ve compiled five to share with you.

You can read about the Five Common Mistakes People Make When Starting a Business so, you can save time, reduce a ton of frustration, and speed up your business startup journey.