This is Part 1 of a multi-part Series on Decision Making.
Decision Making is like any other muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets. And, the less you use it, the weaker it’ll become. So, making decisions comes down to practice. But it’s not so simple as just making more decisions. You need to have new strategies, techniques that will build your decision muscles.
It’s exactly like weight training. You need proper technique, combined with the best exercise and then practice repeatedly to reap the benefits of the training. And, decisions are not entirely all about knowledge. Top Decision Makers know it comes down to your thought process, your mindset and ultimately, your psychology. But like anything, peak performance can be modeled, taught, and learned.
Making a decision is finally about Action. You can spend all the time in the world, research, analyze, think your mindset is right but if you don’t take the Action, simply make the Decision, nothing happens.
I have a favorite story about this.
The US Military wanted to deploy an entirely new strategy related to their missile configuration. It involved not only new technology but a new setup. There were 2 distinct options. So, 2 different groups took 2 years to study an option. Each team was made up of the best minds, scientist and military strategists. The 2 groups finished their assessment and then presented in a secret meeting in the Pentagon in front of the head General over the project and his officers. After the presentation of both options, the General asked his confidants which option they thought was best. The room split and kept going back and forth as to which one would work. After 5 minutes more, the General stopped the talking and said, “we’re going with option 1.” He rose and headed to the door. The other group protested but he said “I’ve made up my mind.” He had listened to each option for less than one hour.
After the meeting, the General’s Chief of Staff asked the General “I’ve studied both options for the last month in preparation for this meeting and any questions you might have. How did you know which option would work?” The General smiled and said, “I didn’t. I had no idea. If the best minds in our military can’t decide which option was better, how could I? But I could make a decision. We’ll try number one and then we’ll know if it worked or not.”
The morale of the story is that a Decision will also will result in Feedback, positive or negative. Only InAction or InDecision, bring zero results.
This is the first and paramount mindset I want you to take with you if you want to learn to make Decisions both quickly and effectively.
The Key with any new Strategies is you MUST make them actionable. That means don’t just read this awesome information but put it into ACTION.
We’ll go into More Decision Making Techniques and Action Steps in the next of this Series.
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