This week’s inspiration post comes from wanting to master the art of something: Making effective decisions. Not just in business but in life. I’m someone who has a lot going on. I’ve never been single minded. While it’s most enjoyable being a student of life and the many little avenues one can explore, which I do with gusto, it does mean the odd trip to frazzle town. I learnt a very nifty little ‘progress’ trick recently whilst participating in a webinar. It was run by entrepreneur and mentor/trainer extraordinaire of entrepreneurs across the globe, Creel Price. He talks about ‘decisionship’ – the key to moving forward in ones business and growing it, being the ability to make effective, informed decisions – it’s what separates the business owner from the great business owner! He also talks about how practicing decisionship in daily life on little things from menu selection, to choosing a new book to read, will mean you become a generally more effective and ‘freer’ person. By freedom, I’m referring to the brain space. The freedom that means you don’t have little decisions to make on a myriad of things just sitting in your brain, making you frazzled and unfocused.
The trick is to write down everything you have going on that is occupying brain space in the land of decision making. What birthday pressie to get for sister, how to angle a pitch to a client, a decision between which new electricity supplier to go with, a piece of research and where you’re going to get the info from, when and where to have a coffee with someone you’re planning to meet with, when the best time to phone your dad is today… Write it all down in columns of personal life and work life, and then literally just start to work through it and make the decisions. Instead of every thinking ‘I’ve got to remember to think about that’ he suggests quite simple ‘Do it. Make a decision and move on’. Over time as you become more effective, you are propelled forward at a faster and faster rate of making good, informed decisions.
Name all the bricks in your mental wall and start tearing them down to free your mind. I dare say it’s excellent brain training for health also, as a lazy, indecisive brain has been proven to lose its cognitive function if not challenged nor ‘worked’. I’m 3 days into tearing down brick walls. It’s awesome. The wall gets lower quite quickly when you’re on a roll, but never does something go on the wall if a decision can be made on it then and there. It’s gone. It’s done. Interestingly, I’ve noticed that a few things that would normally go on a ‘to do’ list, never made it there, because I just made a decision. If you’re feeling busy or frazzled, just lay out all of your bricks, and start knocking down the wall. It might just be what you need!
Happy Decision Making and if you are in business, you might want to check out Creel’s book, The One thing to win at the game of business. I’m really enjoying it – easy to get through and absorb – even for a creative mind floater like me!