“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
We are constantly being asked, either by ourselves or others, to make decisions. The impact of making those decisions is one which is generally discounted as “just something that you do”. But are we getting the most out of our decisions?
Whether it be choosing what to wear in the morning; listening to the car’s navigation system or taking our own detour because we think it will be a quicker; or listening and filtering advice from those around us. This constant decision making for some can be challenging, especially when the fear of not getting it right 100% of the time takes us out of your comfort zone.
So how do we make quality decisions more often? When we are faced with a decision, we generally have three options: FIGHT (make the decision and get on with things), FLIGHT (run away from making a decision so choose to keep doing the same thing), or FREEZE (we do nothing).
Past experiences impact on the option we choose, however here are a couple of things that may also help:
We respect decision makers – we generally have others around us who also need direction. Making decisions and taking steps to go forward, whether it’s the best way or not, at least keeps you moving and others will follow. They want you to succeed and will be more likely to back your decision.
Getting the upside – Michael Jordan famously said “100% of the shots i don’t take didn’t go in”. By making a decision, you give yourself the opportunity to get the result you want. Doing nothing or sitting back and watching, removes the extra benefits that come with making the decision to step up or try something different.
We learn another way – You make a decision and it isn’t the optimal decision…. does the world stop turning or the sun stop coming up in the morning? No, these continue to happen regardless. This is great as we have just learnt a way that doesn’t work, so we can now make another decision in a direction that might work.
So this week let’s make the decisions we may have been putting off and spend more time in Fight mode. Meet new people to bring in more business; tell your boss they are doing an awesome job and that you appreciate all they do for you; go for that run v sleeping in; ask the question at work you haven’t been comfortable to ask; do something for you. Do this and I guarantee you will experience growth and get more great results!
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Have an awesome week!