Making good decisions is something that we can all learn to do. By dedicating ourselves, we can be making good decisions in no time.
When it comes to decision making, we often let our emotions guide us. This can lead to sub-optimal decisions that we later regret. Instead of letting our emotions rule us, we need to learn to think more rationally.
Decisions are being made all the time, every minute of every day, and the majority of them are done without much deliberate consideration. Every choice is influenced by a variety of subtle yet distinct forces.
Most decision-makers are unaware of these factors, yet their influence has significant implications for company earnings and people’s lives. We create the experience of life and, more radically, the world’s design with each decision we make.
In this post, we’ll look at how to resist automatic emotional reactions and use higher-order thinking instead, as well as how to consider things from several viewpoints and embrace sound logic rather than being afraid of complexity.
You also learn how adjusting to these changes allows you to become a purpose-driven leader. A leader who demonstrates excellence and confidence in others.
Making decisions in a hectic world
While it may be simpler to believe that certain events are out of your hands, the fact is that experiences — whether good or bad — are created by split-second judgments. Unfortunately, in business, many of those decisions are made under pressure owing to the fires you must battle every day that distract you from viewing the problem from a new angle.
When you’re under stress, your routines — even the inefficient ones — can appear like a lifeline. To go forward, you must first look back on your routines and see what you’ve been missing out on.
There are some steps that we can take in order to make better decisions. In this article, we are going to identify and examine five simple steps that will put us on the fast track to making better decisions in all areas of our life.
1) Finding your inner calm
Emotional tension hinders the way you deal with information in your environment. If you’re worried or tense, your mental and spiritual abilities are diminished.
Your emotions take control of your decision making, and you find yourself in damage-control mode, attempting to repair the negative consequences of ill-advised decisions. As a result, the most effective technique to enhance your decision-making is to control your emotions.
Deep breathing relaxes your entire nervous system and clears your thoughts, allowing you to concentrate. In this condition, your heart and mind can work together effectively, resulting in a superior choice.
When you’re in the midst of a mess when the world is crumbling around you, or at any other time during the day, use the approach outlined below.
The Quick Coherence Technique is a wonderful method to handle stressful situations. You may apply this method to your own life when the sky is falling and you’re under a lot of pressure to make a decision.
If you’re experiencing tension, the Quick Coherence Technique is ideal for you. This takes less than a minute to complete. There’s no need to sweat it! Follow these procedures to obtain quick coherence:
Step 1. Close your eyes and focus on the area of the heart as you breathe a bit slower and deeper than usual. Imagine that your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest.
Suggestion: Inhale for 5 seconds, then exhale for 5 seconds. (or whatever rhythm is comfortable).
Step 2. Make a genuine effort to have a regenerative sensation such as appreciation or care for someone or something in your life.
Suggestion: Make a note of the emotional state you were in when something good occurred, or how far away from you it was. Try to re-create that same feeling for someone you love, a pet, a special place, an accomplishment, or anything else that makes you feel good.
Step 3. Consider how great you felt, at ease with the world, a moment ago. You might also consider a location where you feel comfortable. Take a mental picture of the situation. Feel the emotions that you’re experiencing. It won’t help to think about feelings. You must feel those emotions you feel.
You’re ready to make that choice once you’ve been bathed in a tide of warm, pleasant energy.
2) Knowing when to follow plans and when to innovate
In an emergency, plans are required to coordinate knowledge and effort so that everyone understands their role in the confusion. When work is constantly chaotic, however, plans might be very dangerous. Why? Simply because, in those circumstances, you’ll need to be inventive rather than set.
The most effective preparation strategy is one that has been tested and proven to work. It’s ideal in cases where the variables are known. What is needed in the aftermath of a storm like a Category 4 hurricane, for example, is well known. Everyone requires water, shelter, and food.
However, when things get out of hand, try to stick to a set strategy instead of hamstringing your capacity to respond as necessary to changing information.
In life, the key is to use the appropriate strategy in each scenario. Plans benefit from predictable market circumstances. When the market is unpredictable, co-creation benefits. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
-You want to co-develop innovative methods for accomplishing tasks when you’re in uncharted territory. You should strive to co-create when management or excessive control methods stymie progress, as well as during tumult. Co-creation enables you and your team to come up with innovative solutions to well-known issues.
-When you must restore order before anything else can happen, stick to a strategy.
3) Keep a flexible mind
How you think shapes the things you do. Concrete thinkers are more interested in the practicalities of a situation and trying to achieve goals, and are leery of ideas and concepts. Conceptual thinkers process information and ideas, but they frequently neglect the specifics.
A lovely combination is created when you combine them. What ways of thinking do you trust? Are you employing the same way of thinking in every decision process?
Different forms of thinking are needed in various situations, and you won’t be able to go from operational to strategic or higher-level decision making without changing how you think and make decisions.
Try some flexible thinking the next time you’re faced with a decision-making issue. Flexibility allows you to draw on the diverse talents of your team members while also expanding your own thinking in order to pick the finest solution and achieve better results.
4) Focus on the mission
In decision-making, focus determines where your attention goes. If you pay attention to the wrong things, you will make improper judgments. If you only focus on lowering expenses and disregarding your consumers, you won’t have any income.
As a result, concentrate on what you’re focused upon. Keeping these two things in mind can help you maintain a clear head and get your priorities straight.
5) Innovate through disruption
Redefine the firm with unexpected events. When revenues are dropping, employee disengagement is high, and nothing you’re doing or have previously depended on seems to work, don’t fight change or deny unpleasant facts. Don’t resist change or deny inconvenient truths when things are going badly because of a strategy that can send you out of the game entirely.
Instead, recognize that a market or corporate change is on the way and use the gap between what you expect to occur and what is occurring to try new things.
There are many ways that disruptions can take place, ranging from abrupt, unanticipated events to little changes in the environment that your method of addressing them does not account for.
At these moments, you should take a different approach. Take a notion that doesn’t fit the norm or make a daring choice that might be beneficial. Sometimes, the risk of doing nothing is more dangerous than taking a chance.
Designing a healthy decision-making environment
You’ll probably discover that the same thing happened to me when you look back on the greatest and worst decisions you’ve ever made. People are not always the most logical when they’re under pressure. Stress is a fact of life. Extreme conditions occur all the time.
There is a distinction to be made between an unpleasant occurrence that must be addressed or resolved. If your manufacturing line is down, you won’t be able to complete or ship a big order to a crucial client, for example. The stress caused by working in an office, which is frequently characterized by unreasonable workloads, unsympathetic managers, and long workdays that go on without end, puts employees on constant guard 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Because of the lack of authority and decision-making power, employees in this type of workplace are more likely to make poor decisions. Making excellent judgments when it comes to creating a workplace that enables better decision-making is an inescapable component. This involves converting unhealthy environments into healthy ones. Healthy decision-making environments have certain features in common.
Here are a few of them:
-They create a sense of belonging and togetherness among coworkers.
-The connections are professional, and the company’s objective is evident.
-Shared values underlie the importance of a firm’s core beliefs and its employees’ attitudes, which serve as anchors for decision-making in both good and difficult times.
-At every level, leaders are always there, decision-making is decentralized, and procedures exist for making decisions. Every employee is personally responsible for making choices and accepting the consequences of those decisions.
-Communication is open and honest, even if the news isn’t good, and any concerns are promptly brought up through informal and formal feedback loops.
-Learning, like all forms of knowledge, is appreciated and appreciated. Learning from mistakes improves the organization’s decision-making and adaptability in uncertain and changing environments.
-Complexity and unpredictability are prized, whereas decision-making isn’t determined by a dread of losing control. Instead, decision-makers invite others and their own creativity to actively confront new problems.
The decision making environment in a firm is what distinguishes it from other businesses. It is through its interactions with workers, consumers, suppliers, and stakeholders that a company adds value to the world. It’s not that the world’s economy is too fragile to fail; rather, it’s become unwieldy and too valuable to fail.
It is critical for a business to have the capacity to make informed judgments. Are your employees following the law? This will enhance internal and external connections, as well as your company’s culture over time, making it more conducive to ethical decision-making. Restoring trust and ethical integrity in business is the only way to do business more intelligently and intuitively, allowing your organization to be a force for good.
Recognizing the Workplace Environment and Culture as a Force
It’s important to note that workplace health and successful decision-making are inextricably linked. Suffice it to say that the work environment has a strong influence on your decisions. This was a crucial point in Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell, in which he discusses what he terms the power of context. In a nutshell, the easy question “Am I secure or unsafe?” may elicit development (when you feel safe) or protection and risk aversion (when you feel afraid).
One of the most common blunders businesses make is to ignore how the workplace environment, cultural preconceptions, and belief systems influence decision-making.
Fortunately, more and more people are recognizing that a healthy society with both emotionally and physically secure cultures creates better judgments.