In our society, many of us are wandering through life, living for the weekend, and being a slave to our excuses. We are overwhelmed, we are lonely, yet we are pretending that we have everything in order, when in truth we have no inner peace and no clear direction. We have become clever in our laziness and sloppy in our actions.
This book is for people who want to stop just being clever and actually possess wisdom. It is especially ideal for reforming B.S. artists (I was one of them!) who want to truly be excellent instead of just pretending that they are. It is for every person who is willing to “pay the cost to be the boss” and wants to go from a half-lived life to a truly abundant life.
The ideas in this book are no-nonsense, encouraging, and actionable. There are also supplemental workbooks (a Youth version and Adult version) available as well as Executive Decisions weekend programs available. Our first Executive Decisions Youth Symposium is already sold out!
Group discounts are available for both books and programs.
Email NickWhitenburg@OptimismMatters.com for more info.
EXECUTIVE DECISIONS: PREFACE
This book was born out of love and frustration.
One of the wonderful gifts I believe I have been given is my capacity to love people from all walks of life, coupled with a deep desire to see everyone be prosperous and happy. Throughout the years, I have coached many people around personal development issues, and my intention to see them have the life they truly desire is the fuel that keeps me going every day in my work. My frustration comes in when I see people constantly getting in their own way. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand how and why we do this as human beings, because I certainly used to get into my own way (and still do once in a blue moon). The thing is, we live in misery for years on end just because we won’t take the necessary steps to make our life happen the way we want it to, and often we don’t know what steps to take or how to even get started. This is what this book is about.
When I went to the MBA program at La Salle University in Philadelphia, I fell in love with the language of business. It allowed me to look at things objectively, and to measure situations by the results produced. In my personal transformation, I decided to apply business concepts to my life and take inventory of myself. This sounds very cold, but it is not, because when you think about it, we are all in business: The business of living. WE are the CEOs of our lives, and most of us are running a sloppy business. In fact, it is safe to say that the business is probably running us instead of the other way around.
For many years, I ran a sloppy business. I was self-righteous, flaky, insecure, and controlling, and I was clever enough to get away with it. But when I started to evaluate my life, my results did not match my objectives (desires), because I was not doing things in a righteous manner. I knew that if I wanted different results, I would have to make some serious changes. I realized that I had to pay the cost to be the boss.
A boss is the person who makes an executive decision and moves forward in good faith with that decision. The boss may take others’ opinions into consideration, but at the end of the day, the boss knows that the final decision and responsibility lie with him, so he does not mind if everyone else disagrees with his decision, because he is doing what is in the best interest of his business. He is willing to do this because he knows that this is the only way he will be successful. So the question for you reading this right now is: Are you a truly a boss? Are you ready and willing to become one?
This book is NOT for the faint of heart. This book is NOT for the excuse-maker, this book is NOT for the person who wants to stay in his or her misery, and this book is not for the incorrigible critic. Also, please do NOT read this book if you are offended by strong language, unconventional approaches, or feeling convicted, because all of that is in the contents of this book.
This book is for everybody who is tired of TALKING about being a boss and is ready to actually BE a boss. This book is for anyone who is ready to take responsibility for his or her life, but just doesn’t know where to begin or how to really put good ideas into action. This book is for the people who are ready to get their money right, to finally have healthy, wonderful relationships, to do the work they know they were called to do, to truly be on top of their game, and most importantly, to TRULY love themselves.
If you are broke, if you feel broken, if you are lonely, if you are frustrated, if you are overwhelmed, if you feel that your heart is cold, if you feel you are running out of time, or if you feel out of control of the direction of your life, I encourage you to read this book and use the supplemental workbook. There is sure to be at least ONE idea that changes your whole life.
“Everyone is going to die, but not everyone is going to live.” -Dr. Christiane Northrup
Are you okay with living a half-lived life? Or are you ready to make the executive decisions for your life that will allow you to ACTUALLY live successfully? If you chose the latter, please read on. I hope that you, the reader, are able to find this book useful and most importantly, actionable. I look forward to seeing you on the other side.