Chris Brogan, CEO of Owner Media Group, says that a big chunk of your confidence comes from the ability to be decisive: to pick a course of action and move forward. Every time you’re around someone making a solid decision without a lot of hemming and hawing, you’re drawn to that person.
Chris shares five simple concepts to strengthen your decision making:
Match the decision to your map – does this event have anything to do with your goals and your chances of success? Be tangible on this one. “I might learn something” is a bad answer. Ask, which choice keeps me true to my goals?
Get faster at risk assessment – what happens if you say yes and what happens if you say no? Will the investment of time and money map to your goals? And what will happen if it’s not what you need it to be? Ask, what’s going to go wrong here? Can I mitigate any of it?
Choose fast – procrastination never serves you. Never. Every time you put off making a decision, it’s because you’re not exercising your mental muscles in this area. Ask, if I had only sixty seconds to choose, what’s the answer?
Learn to accept failures – if a decision turns out not to match your goals for some reason, do what you can to remember what went wrong. Maybe you didn’t prep enough. Maybe you didn’t ask enough questions ahead of time to match yourself to the choice. If you’re in the wrong place, figure out why so you can learn for next time. Ask, what will happen if this is a bad choice? What will I have to learn?
Correct and adapt quickly – maybe the event isn’t 100% what you wanted. Where’s the lemonade in this situation? Ask, if I stumble, what keeps me moving forward towards my goals?
Constant Practice is the Key
The way to get more decisive is to practice at every turn. Learn how much better a “no” is than a “maybe.” Figure out what goes wrong when you choose quickly and mitigate whatever risks you can.
Now it’s time for you to look for really simple parts of life where you can practice being decisive.
There you are. Steal this concept and start practicing it. Do it a hundred times. You make THOUSANDS of decisions every day without thinking much about any of them.
Thoughts? Questions? Please let us know how we can help you learn and practice how to make faster and better decisions more easily.