How are your decision-making skills? Are they what she should be, or could they be improved? Do you know that bad decision-making skills could be costing you money? What’s worse is it could be costing you your precious time.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself what your decision-making skills are like? I used to think I was a very decisive person. In many ways I am, but I learned very quickly once I started to deeply look at it that I could be a MUCH better decision maker. I realized that my lack of stronger decision-making skills was holding back SO much more of what I wanted. So, what did I do? I DECIDED to change that behavior. I DECIDED to make being a better decision maker a priority in my life.
Why do so many people have such a hard time making decisions? It doesn’t matter if the decisions are small or big, many people struggle. Why? They are terrified of making the dreaded MISTAKE! What most people don’t realize is that there is no such thing as a mistake…there are only lessons along the way. The beautiful thing about making a decision that you end up not liking is you can always just make ANOTHER DECISION. Boom! It’s that simple! Just make a new decision!
How many of you have stayed in a job too long? Or, a relationship too long? How many times did you have a “gut” reaction to something but ignored it. Then, you ultimately regretted ignoring it because what it meant was you made a decision to hang on to something way too long. How often have you thought “Oh, he’ll change” or “she’ll change.” If you’ve said those words or had those thoughts before, then you know it does not work like that. But, our fear of the unknown keeps us in situations and relationships longer than we should be because we are afraid to make a decision to change the circumstances. The truth is…by NOT deciding to change them, we keep away the things we truly want. We need to DECIDE that our happiness and our desires matter more than anything else, we need to keep that at the front of our minds, and make all of our decisions based on what’s RIGHT for us!
If you’re an entrepreneur, there are major decisions that come up every day. Without good decision making skills, you could be costing yourself so much time and money. You HAVE to master this skill in order for your business to not only survive, but to thrive!
Here are three strategies how to have very strong decision-making skills to powerfully impact your life in a positive way:
You cannot make a decision until you know your DESIRED OUTCOME. If you don’t know that, then it stands to reason why you may make decisions that you later regret. Also, you can’t get to your desired outcome from the same state you started out in.
Therefore, follow this winning formula to make BETTER decisions. By knowing your desired outcome, you can set the intentions that will create the outcome. Once you set your intentions to lead you to your desired outcome, you can start moving in direction of your intentions that will create your desired outcome.
The Formula: (M + I) = O
Movement towards your Intentions will create your Outcome.
Decide your Outcome.
Set the necessary Intentions to get there.
Move towards each intention.
Put this formula on several post-it notes and stick them all over your home, office, and car. By seeing these constant reminders, you’ll trigger your brain to be focused on your desired outcomes all day long. This will help you tremendously in making quick, better decisions.
Practice making quick decisions all day long. From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed, DECIDE, DECIDE, DECIDE. Decide whether to work out. Decide what to wear. Decide what to eat. Decide where to go. Decide whether to say “yes” or “no” to that contract. Decide, Decide, Decide.
In order to get good at making major decisions, you have to first fine-tune your decision making skills for the small things. What to wear, where to eat, where to go, etc. Do your best not to hmmm and ummm. Just say the first thing that comes to you. Then, do it!
Once you “master” those decisions, which believe it or not, are so difficult for some people, then you can start to really master bigger decisions, like should I go out with him, should I hire that person, should I buy that car, should I move, should I change jobs?
Listen to or read books on Decision Making. One of the best books I’ve ever read was “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown. Here is a link to his site:
This book changed my life in so many ways! Greg eloquently breaks down the four steps to create a life that allows you to DECIDE what’s most important to you in your life, to weed out what isn’t, and how to live with more focus. “The Essentialist” only says yes to the top 10% of opportunities and asks, “Is this exactly what I am looking for?” When you drill down what is truly important to you, you base all of your decisions on that criteria, which creates a much smoother, calmer, peaceful, fulfilling, happy life!
We all seem to be racing towards something and feel like if we don’t say “yes” to everything, we may be missing out on an opportunity. However, without knowing first and deciding what’s important to us, we have no focal point to direct us. Like I said before, you can’t go wrong, because if you don’t like a decision, YOU GET TO MAKE ANOTHER DECISION TO CHANGE THAT DECISION! Don’t you love that!?!
The most important fact I want you to walk away with is this: YOU ARE THE ONE IN POWER! You are the one who gets to decide about EVERYTHING in your life! So, DECIDE what’s right for YOU!
LOVE IT!: I LOVE THAT I GET TO DECIDE ABOUT EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE!
THANK IT!: I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY STRONG DECISION-MAKING SKILLS!
BRING IT! IT’S MY LIFE, AND I’M THE ONE THAT DECIDES WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME!
Quote: “Unsuccessful people make decisions based on their current situation; successful people make decisions based on where they want to be.” – Anonymous