How Are Your Decision Making Skills? Here's Why They're Important To Work On
I believe we never have business problems… we have personal problems that are expressed through our business.
Let me explain.
Business problems stem from poor decision making skills. If you look at any problem within your business right now, or a problem you once had, you’ll see that it started when someone made the wrong decision.
It’s not always the things you say ‘yes’ to that can move your business along the fastest. It’s often the things you say ‘no’ to as well. After all, everything has an opportunity cost. Part of your job as a business owner is to keep that cost in the black.
A lot of entrepreneurs I meet are willing to say ‘yes’ to everything, thus lowering their standards of what they’ll accept for their business. This is because they’re not 100% clear on what they should be focused on to move their business forward.
Here’s how to improve your decision making skills to start taking better steps forward in your business.
Stop trying to follow somebody else
Far too often, we make decisions trying to fit in, to be liked, or to try and compete with your competition.
But the thing is, there is only one YOU. And what works for others may not work for you. Besides, trying to follow someone else’s strategy leads to inauthenticity that your clients, staff, and target market can feel.
Get clear on your outcome
When you’re clear on your big goals and ultimate vision, it cuts the noise when you’re trying to make a decision. Because with a clear mission and vision, the only question you really need to ask yourself is: ‘will this bring me closer to my vision and goals?’
From there, making a decision is easy. At least, far easier than trying to weight up a dozen variables while feeling uncertain about what you actually want to do in the first place.
Don’t wait for perfection
A lot of the pain in decision making occurs when you’re waiting for a perfect option to land in your lap. The thing is, there’s no such thing as perfect. But an imperfect decision is far better than no decision at all.
So be willing to make a decision even if there’s calculated risk involved. Because failure is part of the process of running a successful business. Sometimes you need to get things wrong to understand how to get them right the next time.
Trust your intuition
Logic is useful, and checking in with people is clever, but you own intuition often leads the way. The best decisions I’ve ever made are those where I’ve trusted my heart.
Can you think of a time where you’ve had a decision to make, and your gut has told you one thing, yet logic tells you there’s no way that would work? So you trusted your logic… and things turned to crap?
I guarantee most people out there have had at least one time where they trusted their heart over their logical brain, and things turned out better than they thought possible. The more you listen to that intuitive voice, and stay connected with your heart, the more you can hone this instinct to a fine degree.
The more you practice connecting with your heart, the more you can start to rely on it to guide you to what you need. Heart-based decisions don’t always give us what we want… but they do always give us what we need (even if we don’t know it at the time).
Over to you...
If you're looking for ways to build better decision making skills that set you up for success both personally and professionally, let’s continue the conversation.
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