Every Decision Has Consequences!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Life is full of decisions.  Most of us make more decisions in a day than we likely  realize.  I had a situation this week that made me stop and think about one aspect of decisions that sometimes gets overlooked, consequences.  My experience this week wasn't a major issue, but it reminded me that every decision has consequences and those consequences should be thought through before a decision is made.

In one of my other lives, I teach an early morning Spinning® class.  It's great exercise, and my morning class is amazing.  I've met some of the greatest people at 5:30 am.  We'd likely meet later in the day, but we're all taking a nap then.  Anyway, we decided to create a cycling jersey that is specific to our class.  We wanted a way to connect us when we're out of the studio and on the road during events.  So, Cyberhorse Sportswear (an awesome company) created a sublimated jersey for us, and it is perfect!

The problem is with one decision I made.  Some of my cycling buddies asked if we could have a longer zipper on the jersey.  That might not sound very important, but if you cycle and you are on a 7-10 hour ride, having that jersey unzipped at times can be the difference between over heating and being relatively cool.  It's nice.  This is where the decision came in.  Our jersey has "Studio B" across the front.  That's not the problem.  The problem is that the zipper goes right through the word and distorts it a little on the front of the jersey.  If we had left the jersey alone, it would have been fine.  Consequences.

Every decision has some consequences.  I think this is where our government gets in trouble.  It makes decisions and implements policies that ultimately has undesirable consequences.  We, as individuals, do the same thing.  Many decisions need a weighing process before we make them.  For instance,

  • Who will this decision impact?
  • Does it have the potential to impact beyond the intended target?  My wife and I have a local restaurant we frequent. The other day, one of our servers told us that one of our favorite servers got mad and quit.  No big deal, right?  Well, maybe, but we are in a bad economy with high unemployment.  Also, her partner will have his contribution to expenses increased.  So, her rash decision impacts him.  What if she can't get a job right away?  She has car insurance, taxes, gas, etc., that needs to be kept up.  Who pays that now?  Consequences.
  • Is this decision reversible?  A wise decision-maker has a back-up plan.  If this decision has the wrong impact, can you return to the previous place and situation? 
  • Is there a possibility that this decision will hurt me?  Maybe.  I know a lot of Realtors who left a 9-5 job to become a Realtor.  It can be scary.  It might even cost more money than expected in the early days.  But, the question begs for an answer, "Why would you do this?"  If feeling like a hamster in a cubical is not for you, you may need to find something more entrepreneural.  There are consequenses.
  • What will the long-term impact of this decision be?  Divorce is one of those decisions that has long-term impacts.  I've worked with a lot of people in a divorce support group I've led, and I can promise you that there were a lot of people impacted by the events.  Sometimes, divorce is the best decision.  Sometimes, it isn't.  But, no matter what the situation that brought it about, people will be impacted, and for some people it will be for decades.  If kids are involved, the impact will be felt longer than you can imagine. 
  • Always remember, every decision has consequences.  Good and/or bad.

My jersey decision took an amazing jersey concept and knocked it down a peg.  I was disappointed in the outcome.  It wasn't because the company did a poor job.  No, they did an awesome job.  But, that one minor change, changed everything.  Think your decisions through, because every decision has consequences. 




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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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Too many time people rush a decision only to find out later that the consequences are divesting. Very thoughtful post.

Sep 02, 2011 04:59 PM #1
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Absolutely, Richard.  Have a great holiday weekend!!

Sep 02, 2011 05:03 PM #2
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Mike, you are right, decisions have consequences... I appreciate your post today.

Sep 02, 2011 08:17 PM #3
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Mike - So you don't want the word stud on your chest:)

Sep 02, 2011 11:35 PM #4
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Two words-suggest button! Hey Mike-this post had "me" all over it. I pride myself at my decisiveness and ability to make quick intelligent decisions based on the premise of the "big picture". Sometimes (I will admit but rarely-LOL) those decisions don't always end up with the desired results. You have hear the expression "Que sera sera" right?

Sep 02, 2011 11:50 PM #5
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Very seldom do I not know the consequences of any risk or decision I have to make.........great post Mike, good looking jersey too.

Sep 03, 2011 12:27 AM #6
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks, David.  Have a great weekend.

Conrad, it actually looks like it says "Studo".  Oy!  Enjoy the long weekend.

Thanks, Marco.  The jersey issue has made me stop and think things through a little longer.  Thanks for the suggest!

Thanks, Roger.  This company has done some awesome work for me.  Have a great Labor Day!!

Sep 03, 2011 02:22 AM #7
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Mike,

Great reminder for everyone to remember that you can't just be prepared to make a decision, you have to be prepared to work through the consequences of that decision.

Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

Sep 03, 2011 02:25 AM #8
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Mik.e: Thoinking the decision all the way through is the absolutely only way to go. Too bad we don't always do that! Have a great holiday weekend

Sep 03, 2011 02:28 AM #9
Jack Gillis, M.B.A., J.D., LL.M. Dallas, Texas 214.718.4910
Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors - Dallas, TX
Locally Known, Globally Connected, COLDWELL BANKER

Yes, all our decisions have consequences and they do not go away overnight. Thanks for the timely post.

Sep 03, 2011 02:29 AM #10
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

So true, Lisa.  Have a great holiday weekend!!

Right, Anne.  This jersey thing made me stop and think things through a little longer.  Enjoy Labor Day!

Thanks for dropping by, Jack!


Sep 03, 2011 02:45 AM #11
Sherri Berry
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

Don't know how you do it Mike, but once again this post hit home with me!  So many decisions we make can have huge consequences on our lives.  Thanks for the thought provoking post!

Sep 03, 2011 02:51 AM #12
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

You're welcome, Sherri.  Have a great weekend!!

Sep 03, 2011 02:57 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Mike, Decisions, decisions,  you always have to look at it from both sides and see what the consequences will be.  Have a great day!

Sep 03, 2011 03:47 AM #14
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Right, Will.  Thanks for commenting.  Have a great Labor Day!!

Sep 03, 2011 01:48 PM #15
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