“Whenever you see a successful business,
someone once made a courageous decision.”
― Peter F. Drucker
The first time I walked into a Starbucks coffee shop I was with my late brother. I was rather amused to listen to his order: Grande Upside Down Skinny Caramel Macchiato with an extra espresso shot. Wow, how did he figure that order out? My order after looking at all the choices and not being able to decide: a large dark roast black coffee. And...I enjoyed it very much as I listened to my brother explain his order after I asked for a breakdown.
We are asked to make decisions every day. Some of those decisions are complicated, some are simple. The more complicated, the more often we struggle to make the decision out of fear we won't like the outcome. I work with my clients when they are facing tough decisions to help them determine the best path forward given their goals and strategies. I use tools such as visualizations and the "Yes, and..." game. I also remind them most decisions are not cast in stone. (Reach out to me if you would like to know more.)
So why is it so important to be able to make decisions in a timely manner?
Because living in the land of indecision can be torture.
We cannot move forward. We cannot take action. Which means we stand still and effectively move backwards as others who have made decisions move past us. And then we enter into the land of regret and Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).
To help you make decisions easier, I'm sharing some fun or unusual methods to use.
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Most of us have our own way of making decisions. We may carefully consider the pros and cons, consult with experts, ask our mothers...
Below are 10 more unusual methods to try. Which ones could you employ?
1. Flip a coin.
- Then notice your first reaction. If it lands on the “wrong” choice, you’ll feel disappointment.
- Let each person or thing represent a different aspect of the decision. What does each perspective have to say?
- When you quiet your mind, the answer may bubble up easily.
4. Drawing or collage.
- Consider each option pictorially. Your most attractive option may become obvious.
5. Use a dartboard.
- Like with flipping a coin, notice how you feel when the dart hits its mark.
6. Sleep on it.
Still one of the most effective ways to find clarity. Think about the issue before going to bed and then ask yourself the question first thing when you wake up, "Which option should I choose?" Listen carefully to what your mind and body are saying.
7. Dream incubation.
- Similar to sleep on it - Write out the issue before going to bed. When you awake, consider any dream to be an answer to your query—or the question behind the question.
8. Dance each option.
- Which feels better in your body? Which flows through you more fluidly?
- Make up a song about the decision. You may be surprised by what comes out of your mouth.
10. Try tarot cards or the i-ching.
- Consider these as psychological tools for finding out how you really feel and think.
Challenge: Think about how you make decisions.
Do you use any of the techniques mentioned above? If not, are there some that you might like to try?
I would love to hear from you about what you discovered. Any Ah-ha moments? You can write to me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Video: The Choice Formula
We make decisions every hour, everyday.
We often think of these decisions as being mundane; they involve deciding what we eat, what we do at each moment, when we get up, when we go to bed, etc. However, over a long period of time, these decisions can and do have impact on our ability to achieve our goals. Click here to watch the first video in my series "The Choice Formula".
Join me in a 30 minute complimentary strategy session to help determine how you can move forward in getting unstuck, and gain momentum to move in the right direction for you. During our session, we will go over one or two exercises and determine the one next step you can take on your own after the call to keep the momentum going. Click here to schedule your session
Renée Blasky is the Founder and CEO of The LEAP Network Ltd.
Renée discovered her business and mindset coaching super powers when she was approached by a woman looking for assistance in developing a business opportunity. She hasn’t looked back since. Coaching women fits with her passion to empower women so they live a fulfilled life and make choices from a foundation of personal power, financial freedom and a deep sense of accomplishment.
Through her own experiences, as well as coaching women entrepreneurs and women in finance, Renée understands women often undermine their confidence and self-esteem. Consequently, they jeopardize their success paths, and mental fitness. As mindset accounts for an estimated 80% of success and happiness, Renée helps her clients to understand the lies they are telling themselves, how they are sabotaging their performance, wellness and relationships and helps them to establish a new journey to thrive utilizing their superpowers.
Renée helps her clients find clarity, regain their passion, set stick-worthy goals, stay focused, create the right mindset, and be accountable. She also gently pushes her clients outside of their comfort zones and helps them face their fears so they can achieve their dreams. Renée works with her clients through various online courses, webinars, one-on-one coaching, and group coaching programs.
Renée, who trained as a life coach with Tony Robbins and Cloé Madanes, is also a certified trainer for Marci Shimoff's Happy for No Reason and Susan Jeffer's Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway courses based on their respective books of the same name. She is also in the process of getting certified in the Positive Intelligence® program to increase her client’s mental fitness.
Learn more about Renée and The LEAP Network by visiting her website here: www.reneeblasky.com
You can also send an email directly to Renée at email@example.com