Autumn is a difficult time for my wife. On one hand, she’s extremely excited because I believe that in a past life she was a migrant fruit picker, roaming from region to region collecting apples, peaches, pears and anything else that grows on a tree and she likes to pick them. On the other hand, it’s fantasy football season. ‘Nuff said. On reflecting a little bit, I realized that my experiences with fantasy football can be very closely linked to my experiences with business. Although hopefully with a little more success (pssssst, I’m not very good at fantasy football).

I’m not going to go into detail about fantasy football because if you know what it is, I don’t need to tell you and if you don’t know what it is by now, you probably don’t care. But here’s the gist. Basically, you pick a bunch of football players and you get scored on how they do each week. If you do better than your opponent that week, you win, and if you do worse (i.e. me) you lose. It’s simple…mostly. Now you might ask, what does this have to do with business? Well, I’m going to tell you.

In fantasy football, each week you have to make a decision. You see, you have more than one player to fill each spot that you have to fill. So you have to take all the information that you have and make what seems like a very small decision, which can have a drastic impact on whether you win or lose. That’s business. You have to make very small decisions but the thing you learn is that there are no such thing as small decisions. Sure, there are decisions that seem minor, but when it comes down to it, they’re not. Every decision is a game changer. I’ll give you an example.

The first or second year that we ever played, I was playing in the championship game (as my wife says, you aren’t actually playing, but stay with me here) and I was winning. All of my opponents players had already played. And I was winning. Which meant i had won, right? Sure it did. Except one little problem. I had a player remaining. I had the option to just have leave that spot empty but I didn’t think in a million years that the player I had chosen to fill that spot would play so terribly that he got me enough NEGATIVE points to lose me the championship. But he did. And I lost.

The point is that even something that seems like a given, is not. Every decision you make can make or break you and you need to manage that without collapsing under the overwhelming pressure. Sure, there’s a lot to think about but there’s one thing that you always have to remember, in fantasy football and in business. YOU built this. You did. It’s yours. And I would hope that you have faith in, well, you. You have to be willing to say YES, I want our colors to be red and black, YES, I want our website to be THAT exact name and YES, I am right.

Once you’ve made a decision, you need to stick to your guns. If you lose, you lose, but you’ll know that you made a decision. And eventually, you’re going to get it right. And then you’re going to get it right again…and again…and again. Winning, or succeeding, is about building a habit. And if you make decisions, stick by them, and put the work in, you’ll become a winner.

PS So far this season I’m 2-0 and in first place in my league.

And business is booming.