“Good Decisions Come From Experience, But Experience Comes From Making Bad Decisions.”
It took a while (read years living on this planet) to realize when making decisions I can trust my gut, my own opinion, and my analysis. All of which are informed by outside information and perspectives and my own experience and thinking. Decision-making is a combination of all of them.
I learned something valuable from photographers which are easily transferable to any other subject matter: When you press the shutter button, everything you have experienced, learned, seen, and heard in your life flows into that one moment when you decide to capture that slice of time as a photograph.
The complex nature of decision-making.
We try to be objective but even that is influenced by our emotions and trust. Trust in the information we research, trust in the advice from others, and trust in ourselves.
Slowing Down Helps For Better Decision Making
If you slow down and take a breath you become aware of the little moment that lies between the decision that is put in front of you and the response that is expected from you.
You have control over that moment, the length of it, and the degree to which you want to give the decision-making process your time and effort.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl
Sir Richard Branson is convinced: “If you have the time to use the ‘orchestrated procrastination’ approach, then do so. Doing more rather than less homework on a project is seldom a bad thing. While looking at it more deeply you may find better alternatives.”
Making smart informed decisions is why leaders get paid the big bucks.
We Decide Under Pressure
How do you make good decisions in the face of pressure, panic, or hurry? The best way to resist the pressure to act is to slow down. Getting pushed and rushed makes people want to act and decide right now to get…