MAKE SMART DECISIONS FASTER
Decision-making is never really about the decision, but the state you’re in when you make that decision. Ouss Zoglami coaches top athletes and executives to work on themselves and master the FLOW state. When put in the right mental, emotional and physical state, there are no wrong decisions.
We make decisions every minute of every day. Decisions go from “What should I wear?” to “Should I buy this house?” to “Should I end my relationship?” Some decisions are easy to make because we are used to making them, while others are harder to make because they have higher stakes. The bigger the impact of your decision, the harder it is to make it. By following these four rules, you will set yourself up for success in all areas of your life, especially when you have important decisions to make.
1. TAKE DECISIONS WITH CLARITY
Write it down, say it out loud and ask questions
Every important decision must be viewed from different perspectives. Sometimes we think about something in our minds, and when we say it out loud, it comes out differently. The same thing happens when we put down a thought on paper; we now see things that we couldn’t see when the idea only existed in our minds. . When we write down the decisions we have to make along with the options we have, our mind will instantly create more connections that will help us in our decision-making process. Now, we’re involving our nervous system, a powerful decision-making tool.
On paper, our perspective changes, our way of seeing things changes and more ideas surface . Writing down ideas will release the pressure you have put on yourself by carrying the thoughts in your mind and will help you detach yourself from the issue at hand. When you become the observer of your own writings, the filtering process will instantly become easier, and everything will become instantly clearer.
2. THE RIGHT EMOTIONAL STATE
Fresh mind, neutral state and deep breathing
Many people are very bad at decision-making, not because they are not smart or because they lack the right skills, but simply because they make important decisions while in the wrong emotional state. Sometimes one needs to understand the mechanisms controlling their minds, bodies and decision-making processes in order to master the art of making the right choice. . The first rule is to NEVER make an important decision after 4 or 5 p.m. The best entrepreneurs and CEOs use this small tip in their everyday life; that is why they maximize their morning routines to the fullest.
The second advice is to avoid taking any decisions when you are overly excited or overly depressed. When you are extremely excited, any decision seems to be the right one. On the other hand, making a decision when you’re feeling down will also increase your chances of making the wrong choice.. The solution is to stay neutral, take deep breaths and make decisions when you have no external attachment to the decision you have to make.
3. KNOW YOUR MOTIVATIONS
The more motivated you are, the better your decisions will be
What are you seeking as a result of the decisions you are making? What is your final goal? When we speak about motivation, we also speak about values. Our values in life determine the level of motivation we have when taking important decisions. If family is your number one value, that means that you are very motivated to make the right decisions when it comes to your family. If you have to make a decision concerning money, for example, and you don’t value money as highly, you won’t be as motivated, and your decision-making skills won’t be as good. .
What Ouss Zoglami coaches people to do is to find out their top values, and link the elements that they want to improve but are low in their value tree to their top values. For example, “How can money help me spend more time with my family?” Doing so will help you increase your motivation when money is involved, and your brain will create powerful new connections to optimize the decisions you have to make in a situation that was once less motivating. You can raise your level of motivation toward something you lacked perspective on, and your decision-making skills will improve in that area as a result.
4. BE FEARLESS
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” Franklin Roosevelt”
Fear is simply a state of mind that we create by our thoughts. You should know that the decisions you make don’t necessarily determine whether you will achieve your final goals or not. People are scared of making the wrong decisions because they unconsciously link their decisions to their final objective, which makes the decision bigger and scarier than it really is. This fear is the number-one enemy of good decision-making.
When you know that nothing will stand in your way to achieving your final goal, you instantly and automatically turn fear into a driver instead of an obstacle. You know deep inside that the bigger goal will be achieved regardless of what you decide, and that is when you use fear before it uses you. When you normalize and minimize the size of the decisions you have to make , you instantly turn fear into power. Doing so will help you become calmer, wiser and smarter in the process of making important decisions.
Many people, when confronted with decisions that are too difficult, decide not to make any decision at all. Not making a decision is the worst option, because by doing that, you instantly put yourself in a state of powerlessness. Life should happen from you and not to you, so not making any decisions pushes you to become a victim of your life instead of a creator of it. On the other hand, even making the “wrong” decision puts you in charge of your life and will give you the opportunity to learn something new from the experience . Learning valuable lessons from your bad decision will help you move forward with new tools, knowledge and experiences the next time you have to make a similar decision.