In the last post, I discussed the 4 tools you need to make powerful decisions. Good stuff, yeah?
Well, there are two more issues that I think are crucial to consider when you are in the decision making process
I have personally found timing to be a very important factor in making decisions.
Sometimes my logic and my emotions tell me yes, yes, yes, but my intuition tells me NO. Usually if I override my intuition and go forward with my decision the outcome won’t be that great or the process is difficult.
However, if I wait, one of two things usually happens. I check in again at a later date and get resounding yes’s from all 3 tools and I move along effortlessly towards a positive outcome. Or, something happens in the meantime to either give me a new piece of important information or eliminate my need to make the decision anyway.
Procrastination fits in to this equation. Sometimes, (not all the time so be careful) procrastination can be a timing signal. If you are considering a choice, but are procrastinating, simply shelve your decision for later. Most often you will find that you’re missing something useful that will help you accomplish what you want and this missing piece will show up later.
The outcome does not determine the value of your decision
How do you know if you’ve made a good decision?
I bet you would say that if you got the outcome you wanted, then you made a good decision. And, vice versa.
But, decisions and outcome are two different things.
Think about it like this. You cannot predict the future (unless you have superpowers). There are so many moving parts in your life that there is no way you can imagine all possible outcomes at any point – and frankly why would you want to.
You can only make a decision based upon what is the best choice given what you know now.
Our decisions happen in the present. Our outcomes happen in the future.
If you get an unsatisfying outcome, this is your opportunity to review all that led up to that outcome and see what you can learn from it.
Is there improvement to be made in your decision process, or did life simply unfold in a way that you didn’t foresee?
If we take our dissatisfactions and disasters as an opportunity to learn, then we are using these outcome duds to sharpen our decision making tools.
So, what’s your experience? Do you have any other ways of making strong powerful decisions?
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