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Now onto the show…
Do you make knee jerk decisions, or decisions that later don’t seem to have been very smart for your future that frustrate you? While today’s show isn’t about any aspect of life specifically, it is about learning the art of holistic decision making from the man who has a Phd in the subject, Dan Palmer. Join me for a lovely, fun and accessible chat exploring holistic decision making as a tool for steering your life, business, or whatever into a space that brings you quality of life whilst keeping you in check on the big picture stuff, like the planet we live on. It’s packed with useful ideas and tools to put into practice.
Want to see Dan in action and attend the 2 day workshop he’s doing coming up in May with with wonderful Milkwood Permaculture? BOOK HERE and if you feel inclined to tell me what’s changed for you afterwards I’d LOVE to hear. I have noticed some interesting changes since my chat with Dan that have put one of his workshops high on my list in the coming months!
Here’s a little snapshot of the juicy bits in today’s episode…
- Holistic decision making is a different way of approaching life, a tool to help clearly articulate how you want to live your life and then help you make decisions that will achieve this vision.
- Holistic decision making has four clear steps: getting clear on where you want to be, getting clear on where you are right now, getting clear on what you have to do to get there, and getting clear on the indicators that will tell you that you have gotten to where you want to be.
- Holistic decision making requires us to focus on what we want to see happening in our lives rather than focusing on the worst case scenario.
- The first step is to create a ‘context’ for yourself, your family or an organisation/business you are part of that captures deepest values, mission and desires along with what must be done and nurtured to achieve them.
- This “context” includes a “quality of life statement” which sums up what we really want to do and who we really want to be. Use the wording that works for you – it needs to resonate deeply with you and your deepest desires.
- The “quality of life statement” is different to a goal which is a specific thing you want to achieve at a specific point in time. Most of the time we realise when we put together a “quality of life statement” that our goals are not aligned with what we really want to feel in our life everyday. The key here is to answer this question: what’s most important to you? And then bring this to the foreground in moments of choice. A “quality of life statement” is something that can be reassessed over and over again.
- Once we have the context, then we use it to filter our decisions and take actions based on their relevance to this context. Making decisions is the steering wheel that life gives us so we need to take responsibility for making the right decisions for ourselves.
- It’s important to have discipline, to take action in order to make this work for you. How do you inject that into your life so it has a chance to be true? What are the actions that can enable that? Cultivate a deep awareness of what it is that you’re about and commit to only make decisions that keep that true.
- Discipline cultivated towards a random goal will not stick. If you cultivate discipline towards something that is really truly important for you, it will work long-term.
- Don’t be constrained by a tiny array of options. Most of the time, the right decision is not a decision you were aware was possible a moment ago. Holistic decision making is proactively making decisions that are steering the course of your life into the space your heart most truly desires.
- The last step is to seek and use feedback to actualise, maintain, and evolve your context over time.
And here are a few extra important resources:
Dan’s next holistic decision making workshop will take place on 19th and 20th May in the Mornington Peninsula. You can find out more HERE.
You can check out Dan’s permaculture work and his approach to holistic management HERE.
Our featured course this month is Low Tox Kids so if you want to know how to raise low tox kids in a high tox world, I’d love you to join us. It’s only $85, the practitioner interviews are excellent and you will be empowered with the “why” we want to raise kids in a low tox environment, and will be given the tools to do that. See you in the private FB group, Alexx x
Enjoy the show and thanks again for taking the time to rate and review the show – it’s like tipping the bartender and it means the world.
Low Tox. Happy us. Happy planet