How much time are you spending on making decisions? We need to be proactive verse reactive when it comes to making decisions. Our decisions are based on our beliefs and experiences. When making them we need to focus beyond what’s right in front and look at the bigger picture.
1) Clearly define your objective:
Ask the right questions. The reasons your ideas my not be getting traction is because your answering questions no one is asking. Questions shape focus. What problem am I called to solve?
A) What do I hope to gain or what do I want to avoid?
B) Who will this effect?
C) How will this effect myself and others?
2) Change your Beliefs:
All decisions and behaviours are belief driven: Shift your beliefs so that you can get greater results.
In 1954 Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile. Before that everyone said it was impossible. He did this by visualizing himself crossing the finish line and seeing the clock saying 3:59. “Success is inside our process.” It has to happen in our mind before we can experience it in our reality.
A) Think different: What is something you never thought you could do?
B) Do different: In order to experience different I need to do different. What will I do different today?
Our Direction, not our intention will determine our destination.
A) Time: Timing is everything, Why me? Why now? I’ve seen some of the best ideas fall to the waste side because of either pre-mature timing or waiting to long to execute. NOTE: Know when your at your best, this is the time to make big decisions. Scheduled decision making time in your calendar to make the big decisions when you and your team are at their best.
B) Place: Excellent decision making involves the ability to determine the proper environments for those decisions to be made.
C) Manner: Character will always trump skill. You may be making one of the biggest decisions of your life, but if the attitude in which you are making it isn’t sensitive to others you may loose traction or lesson your chance of others buying in. “Don’t get to high with the high’s or too low with the lows. It’s never as bad or as good as you think.
4) Evaluate: (Daily) Proper evaluation will help you become a master at decision making.
A) What worked?
What went well that I need to optimize on and will positively effect future decision making?
B) What didn’t work?
Be realistic and avoid making the same mistakes in the future.
C) What will I do different?
Make a commitment to growth and never stop making decisions because of the outcome.