One of the things I’ve noticed lately is that a lot of people who are very good at making big strategic business decisions are not so good at making personal strategic decisions. They make decisions on autopilot and then second guess themselves to death once they make the decision. Sound familiar?
If you were making a big strategic business decision for your company, what would you do? I think you would set a date for the decision, gather as much data as you could within the period allotted, document and challenge all assumptions, get input from appropriate sources and then make the best decision with the data you had and move forward.
Why don’t we do this in our smaller every day decisions?
Because our default programming wants everything to be easy. Our brain makes decision making easy by programming thought habits into our subconscious. If this happens, then think this, then feel this, then do this. Pretty much without thinking about it at all.
So what’s a decision maker to do?
First, realize that your thought habits are running the show. Once you know this, you can get curious and gradually become aware of your thoughts or your feelings. Once you become aware of your thoughts and feelings, you can decide to pause before you act. It’s in the pause that you can question your assumptions, get input from appropriate sources, and deliberately make better decisions.
Slow down and lean into the pause to get really curious and pull your decision making back up to the conscious level.
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