When you are in a position of weakness, you almost always make bad decisions. Your decisions are need-based, driven by fear, doubt and necessity. As a result, you give ground instead of asking for more. These Position of Weakness Decisions fulfill some immediate need, solving some short-term problem, but almost always have a negative affect on your long-term, future you.
When you are in a position of strength, however, your decisions are want-based. All fear, doubt and necessity are removed from the decision-making process. As a result, you ask for what you want and usually get it. Position of Strength Decisions almost always have a positive affect on your long-term, future you.
Many decisions people make are made Position of Weakness Decisions. They are driven by some immediate need that must be fulfilled in order for you to survive. Position of Weakness Decisions always come at some cost:
- Giving up Money: You are forced to pay a higher premium, sell at a lower price or forced to pay a higher price than you desire.
- You Get Less: You are forced to settle for less.
- More Responsibility: You are forced to take on greater responsibility, or some future responsibility.
- More Risk – You put yourself at greater risk, usually financially.
- Enslavement: You are forced to commit yourself for a longer period of time – this results in a type of enslavement.
When you make decisions because you have no choice, you lose in the long run. Your immediate needs may be met by the decision, but in the long run, your decision enslaves you to others, in exchange for satisfying your immediate needs.
Individuals who make decisions from a position of strength, are able to because they have adequate resources to meet their immediate and future needs. Any decision they make is one that shores up or improves their long-term interests or guarantees a brighter future.
Always be wary of making decisions from a position of weakness. They will cost you something (time or money) or create some undesirable future obligation on your part.