Seven ideas for making effective decisions
Some of us want to build business empires – start as a startup and turn it into a unicorn, while others aspire to be the CXO! Many self-help books and gurus advise you on the secret recipe to achieve this success. However, success always follows a decision. Strategic decisions are the hinges on which the fate of an individual’s career rests!
Here are seven ideas to help you make very effective decisions in life.
The best future decisions are made when you are not distracted. If you are planning something big, you should preferably be seated away from your city.
If this is not possible, at least leave your office / home. Walk into a restaurant or cafe or lock yourself in a hotel room for a few hours where no one can disturb you.
Forget your emails and social pings while you’re at work. Rest assured that there will be nothing that needs your immediate attention. Remember, if you want the world to enjoy your work, you have to stay away from it for a while! Focused isolation breeds great and powerful thought! If you want to bring your ideas to life, avoid distractions.
Believe that you are not important
I remember the days when I was studying the management course. One of the teachers suggested that we go door-to-door selling. I did and lived the harsh reality of the last mile selling experience. I acquired one of the best professional training at the time, none of which could fit into a university program.
Ask any award-winning soldier. He must have spent thousands of hours in suspense preparing for the act that earned him the ‘Paramveer Chakra! Check with any Olympic medalist; they had to spend months practicing in isolation to reach the attraction of millions of people! The best decisions start at the roots. To enter the VIP category, you may need to take on and understand the role of the least important person. The illustrations of real testimonials are endless, from a wala chai to a garage workshop to a gas pump salesman!
Never make big decisions when you’re in the wrong frame of mind. Fill your environment with powerful and inspiring messages. Don’t read negative news, especially in the morning. Make an effort to stay miles away from depressing statements. Whenever possible, avoid the company of negative thinkers. Keep the ecosystem busy.
I have learned that being close to nature is a great catalyst. If you think of something critical, do it while taking a walk in the garden. Observe the birdsong carefully. Sow a few seeds and watch them grow into small plants. Nature is the most reliable energizer, and it will always guide you to the best decision.
Coffee and food
Eating habits matter a lot. More important than life-size goals would certainly mean a lot of stress. Many people use food stress as a coping mechanism. It becomes counterproductive and leads to lethargy and depression. Beware of this. Keep your eating habits light.
Some people compromise on their sleep and make vital decisions while surviving on coffee and junk food. It is a dangerous habit. Occasionally this can be helpful, but frequent repetitions can be misleading.
It is said that during wartime, many senior officers put themselves in the cloud of music when called upon to make crucial decisions. For all of these people, music serves as meditation.
Even during the normal functioning of the day, it is necessary to take musical breaks. Music is the best way to fuel creativity and build confidence. The rhythm of the beats brings out the best in human beings. Follow the waves of music when it comes to making decisions.
When you are about to create something great, you will encounter many adversities. Success never comes smoothly and easily. You have to take difficult and dangerous paths. Fear is an expert digger. It can scratch your self-esteem and penetrate the shell of self-confidence.
The best way to deal with such situations is to accept fears. Prepare to face unfortunate and embarrassing situations on your journey. A frightened mind cannot make firm decisions. Treat your fears well. Accept that fears are an integral part of the disruptive decision-making process.
The third eye matters
Each decision has three essential dimensions. This can be looked at from your point of view, from my point of view and from real insight! The best decisions are made when the decision maker can look at the situation with a third eye! The third eye is meant to be an emotionally indifferent viewer who is only interested in the fair exit of a decision!
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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