5 Ways to Break Out of a Decision-Making Trap

5 Ways to Break Out of a Decision-Making Trap

“We tend to define our choices too narrowly, to see them in binary terms.”

Combat “narrow framing” with these five steps:

  1. Think AND not OR.

    When life seems to be handing you a choice between this OR that, first ask yourself, is there a way I could choose both? You’ll be surprised how often it’s possible.

  2. Find someone who has solved your problem.

    If you feel stuck—unable to uncover fresh options—ask the advice of people who have faced similar dilemmas before. You’ll likely discover ideas that never would have occurred to you.

  3. Distrust “whether or not” dilemmas.

    When you find yourself deliberating about “whether or not to do X,” that’s a warning flag signaling you may be caught in a narrow frame. Keep pushing for more options.

  4. Run the “Vanishing Options Test.”

    If all of the options you’re currently considering suddenly disappeared, what else could you do? You’ll be surprised how easy it is to come up with unexplored options.

  5. Fall in love twice.

    Keep searching for new options until you’ve got at least two that you’d be happy with. If you’re hiring, keep interviewing until you’ve got two good candidates, or if you’re house-shopping, hold out for two good homes. Having two options helps us be more objective about the strengths and weaknesses of each.

What Do You Want Out of Life

What Do You Want Out of Life

Good things don’t usually come through happy accidents. The most successful people design their own lives and then live their lives with purpose.

Their first step is attaining clarity.

I define clarity as understanding and documenting your personal and professional goals, and determining the “why” behind reaching them. It’s vital to developing a clear vision, outlining priorities and objectives, and tackling goals with a real sense of urgency and focus.

Clarity is achieved when we know where we are in relation to where we want to go.

Without clarity, it is almost impossible to generate the kind of focus necessary to act swiftly and deftly on a daily
basis. If you have no clear vision, there is nothing to tie your objectives to and nothing to measure your progress and performance against.

When you have clarity about your vision, you discover yourself being pulled toward it, and all you have to do is follow the connecting opportunities that carry you along, allowing you to mark your victories faster and faster.

Think about a time when you’ve been excited and regenerated at the thought of achieving a big goal.
There’s nothing like that adrenaline rush. When you have clarity, you get that excitement, building and fueling your

Clarity and focus together form the basis of execution. So get completely clear about the things that you want, and
then take action.

Stuck with goals that are unclear and out of focus?

Discover the keys to clarity.

If You Want to Change Your Results, You Have to Change Your Thinking First

If You Want to Change Your Results, You Have to Change Your Thinking First

My team and I constantly ask ourselves, “How do we make the biggest impact on helping our clients get the results they want faster?”

The powerful answer is for us to help change people’s limited thinking or help them adjust their standards or habits to support their goals.

So we encourage clients to nurture thought-provoking relationships and opportunities, thus creating more thought-provoking results.

Big returns come from thinking smart.

Here’s a simple assessment that will trigger thought and action. Rate yourself 1 to 10 on each question below (1 is
low; 10 is high).

Then take a few minutes to write down what actions you want to change in response to your answers.

  1. How is my life working out?
  2. How’s my daily attitude; how happy am I?
  3. How are my relationships with my family, friends, co-workers, coaches and mentors?
  4. How’s my health (weight overall wellness, self-esteem, stress levels, etc.)}
  5. How effectivelv am I feeding my mind? (How many books have I read in the last SIX months? What do I wish to become? Am I studying productively?)
  6. How do I rate my lifestyle (my satisfaction with activities such as travel, explormg, attending fun events, etc.)?
  7. Where is my income in comparison to where I want it to be?
  8. How often do I give back to others?
  9. How is mv goal-setting? How satisfied am I with how my goals have manifested in my life?


5 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Regret Your Next Decision

5 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Regret Your Next Decision

Is it hard for you to make decisions?

Do you worry that your choices aren’t good ones—and later regret them? Or do you lack the confidence to make quick, or merely timely, verdicts?

Well, a lot of people worry about their decision-making abilities, and I bet if I were to ask you your routine for doing it, you’d probably tell me you don’t
have one.

But you’re wrong, because you do—everybody has decision-making habits. You just might not recognize them, or maybe you don’t like the way you go about the

Everyone’s decisions are based on something, though, so if you just stop to think about it, you’ll discover what that something is and be able to fine-tune your
routine for a more confident approach, with fewer regrets.

  1. Sleep on it.

    If I’m really tired, I don’t make significant decisions (except in emergencies) until I’ve slept, for a fresh perspective.

  2. Take time.

    If someone is pressing me to decide something right now, unless an immediate decision is critical, I say, “If I have to choose now, the answer is no. After I’ve had a chance to catch my breath and review the facts, there’s the possibility it could be yes.” Then I put the ball back in their court and ask, “Do you want my decision now, or should we wait?”

  3.  Weigh the pros and cons.

    I like to determine the maximum benefit of a decision, assuming that everything goes my way. Then I ask myself, Suppose nothing goes my way? Suppose this
    doesn’t develop and materialize as I expect it to? What is my maximum exposure? What would I lose?

  4.  Seek advice.

    For significant business-related decisions, I run them past my advisors. These people are successful in their businesses and professions and have a considerable
    amount of knowledge, experience and wisdom, all of which are musts in the decision-making process. I get their advice and follow their recommendations, with good results in most cases. If the decision is too minor to involve my advisors but I still want input, I get my family together to look at the pros and cons.

  5. Reflect.

    I like to pray about my decisions. If I’m about to make an unwise decision, I simply don’t have peace about that decision and I consequently act on that feeling of unease. I ask, How will this decision affect all the areas of my life —personal, family, career, financial, physical, mental and spiritual? I think carefully as to whether what I give up is compensated for by what I gain.

Stop Overthinking It 9 Ways to Make Decisions Effectively

Stop Overthinking It  9 Ways to Make Decisions Effectively

Your mind is tangled up. And you can’t untangle it. But you have to make a decision—like now. So, what’s it gonna be?

Time’s ticking.

Have you made up your mind?

Make up your mind! Time’s up! What’d you decide?

Stressed yet?

When you’re an indecisive person, it’s really hard for you to make quick decisions (or any decisions for that matter). And when you finally do, you start wondering if it was the right decision. And actually, now you just know it was thewrong one—probably, at least you think, well maybe not.

And the tangle just gets tanglier. You’re overthinking it.

And it’s feeding your inability to make decisions quick and effectively.

Stop it. Stop overthinking everything.

Try these nine things instead, tips courtesy of the Young Entrepreneur Council, to make decisions with confidence.

  1. Don’t give yourself analysis paralysis.

    Analysis paralysis is the state of overthinking. Many business owners tend to overanalyze and suffer from this state of inaction. You can’t spend too much time thinking about every little detail, including worrying about all the little things that could go wrong.
    —Anthony Pezzotti, Knowzo.com

  2. Set an allotted time.

    While many people believe you should sleep on decisions, that leads to overthinking and insomnia for me. I like to set a mental timer in my head of two to four hours tops in which I need to make a simple business decision with the overall goal of making it in under two hours. This gives me enough time to ponder the pros and cons of the decision, review any information and even consult someone else.
    —Angela Ruth, Due.com

  3. Take the “lean startup” approach.

    Often a good decision now beats a great decision later, but understanding the cost of a bad decision is critical. If it’s something that is easy to change later, make your good decision now. Get data, see how it works and then you can make a more informed decision down the line. It’s analogous to the “lean startup” approach. Get something out there to test and improve.
    —Trevor Sumner, LocalVox

  4. Use the 10-10-10 method.

    Ask yourself if you will be pleased with your decision 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years from now. This strategy makes you consider the short-term, medium-term and long-term consequences or, hopefully, benefits that come with your decision. I’ve found that the more you apply this technique, the more confident you’ll become at making quick decisions because you’ve considered all time frames.
    —David Ciccarelli, Voices.com

  5. Write it down.

    It’s the first thing my mentor asks when I suffer from indecision: “Did you write it down?” The clarity attained from writing down the problem and potential solutions should not be underestimated. Once the list has been created, it can then be beneficial to phone a respected colleague and run through the list with them. —Peter Awad, Slow Hustle

  6. 6. List the pros and cons.

    By writing the pros and cons of a decision and its costs and benefits, I can transition the information out of my head and into simple statistics. Once I have the pros and ons in front of me, especially if it’s matched to a mind map of our current tasks, then we can see if a particular decision is beneficial for the big picture.
    —Marcela DeVivo, Homeselfe

  7. Hit the history books.

    Not the literal history books, but there is bound to be something out there that has a connection to what you’re currently experiencing. Research business decisions, either from major corporations or from your business- owning friends to judge what is really the most likely end to whichever path you take. Understand the consequences as completely as possible to get the noise without the static.
    —Adam Steele, The Magistrate

  8. Call a friend.

    Most decisions in business are simple. The thing that differentiates business people from others is a willingnessto make them. If I’m starting to overthink things, I call my brother-in-law, a plastic surgeon with zero business experience, but great common sense. He’ll come to a conclusion quickly, explain his reasoning and it will suddenly seem much easier to act upon.
    —Joel Butterly, lnGenius Prep

  9. Trust your gut.

    My gut has never failed me in making a decision in my companies. I always trust my gut. Anytime I have not, I have been wrong. Thinking accesses the logical part of the brain, but at the limbic level, if there is a feeling telling me something different from my mind, I always lean that way.


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