Being a productive, functional human being in today’s world, one must continuously make appropriate decisions in life. We all know good from bad, right from wrong and in order for something to be considered a decision, one must actualize it. Being able to actualize on something you thought of doing makes you an efficient & productive person.
Below are 7 Powerful ways that will transform your decision making results that will not only enhance the quality of your life but also allow you to take better control of your life. Being able to make better decisions provides us with the benefit of independence, helps us to accomplish more things in life which ultimately will bring more happiness and success into our lives.
1. Improve your self-confidence ~ Believing in yourself is an important aspect of making better decisions. Building your confidence is like building a muscle. You must practice making difficult decisions in order to build your self-confidence.
2. Start with the end in mind ~ What result do you want to accomplish? Start from there and work back.
3. Avoid over thinking ~ Analyze the situation, however do not allow your analyses to cause paralyses. Give yourself a certain amount of time and when that time is up, make your decision.
4. Act on your decision immediately ~ After making your decision, act on it immediately to avoid changing your mind or doubting yourself. This will strengthen your decision making muscle.
5. Do not be afraid to make split-second decisions ~ There will be times when you don’t have time to analyze a situation. Allow your life experience, knowledge and training to kick in. Making split-second decisions doesn’t mean you’re irresponsible. It means you are confident in your decision making abilities.
6. Make your own decisions ~ Avoid letting others make decisions for you as this can and will be crippling in the long run. This is a perfect way of deteriorating your decision making muscle. It’s fine if you want to take others opinions into consideration, however the ultimate decision is yours to take.
7. Stick to your decision ~ Avoid the blame game or guilt trip with yourself once you’ve made a decision. Stick to your decision and trust you made the right choice. This skill set will impact your ability to make better decisions in the future.
Decision making means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision ~ Peter F. Drucker
About the Author
John Salkowski is a retired Police Officer after an impressive 15 year career who is now a Highly Sought-After Leadership and Motivational Speaker and Trainer. John has wowed audiences ranging from 20-20,000 sharing his unique Leadership strategies in his signature presentation:
“Leadership in the Line of Duty™ ~ 50 Leadership Lessons for Making Split-Second Decisions from a Cop Whose Has Been in Life and Death Situations”.
John regularly speaks for a variety of leaders (ranging from entry level to experienced executives) for corporations, business groups, associations, colleges, universities, youth groups and sports organizations. Pulling from his 15 years of real world, in-the-trenches (and even life and death) Law Enforcement experiences, John now teaches leaders one of the most important key components of leadership (that is often overlooked):
“How to make Split-Second Leadership Decisions when the Direction and Success of your Organization depends on it!”
John has received numerous distinguished awards for Bravery, Merit and Unit Citations. He has also received media attention for serving as a leader within his community, including being featured in the Philadelphia Magazine as one of the area’s Top Business Leaders.
Any organization that wants to develop their people into becoming “Extraordinary Leaders” needs to hire John for a keynote and/or workshop training.
To request John speak at your next event, please email his office at info@JohnSalkowski.com
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