As a manager, you are constantly demanded to make decisions. Some of these decisions are small and insignificant, while others can majorly impact your business. With so many decisions, it’s important to have a good process for making them. Philosopher William James said, “once a decision is made, you should stop worrying and start working.” Too many people overrate decisions and underrate managing. If we manage our decisions incorrectly, they will only give us average results, but if they are prioritized well enough, each one can become great. How might someone go through this process to prioritize their choices correctly?
- Choose your main mission daily.
What’s your primary mission to accomplish for the day? Could you take five minutes to think about it as you wake up? Your schedule is wide open, and so are all of the opportunities. Consider what could be most important now, whether meeting someone new or caring for one more thing. Make that mission your main focus, and make sure to do it. This will give you a feeling of accomplishment and success daily.
2. Avoid decision-making obstacles.
The key to making good decisions is understanding your values and priorities. Unfortunately, some people often fall victim to obstacles that cause them to make wrong choices without realizing the flaws of their thinking or methodology. This can lead individuals down a path where they lose confidence both within themselves and externally. One of the main obstacles is procrastination and for that as a leader, you must know that you need to plan and execute with the help of your team. The other obstacle is saying yes to everything. Using the word NO is essential for your focus as a leader. You cannot keep pleasing everyone around you. This will only make a deeper pain when you are overwhelmed with too many projects.
3. Practice discipline.
Successful people are made up of two parts: good decisions and disciplined actions. Decisions without discipline will lead us away, but putting in the hard work pays off. Make planning a priority and use calendars and memos efficiently. Review your progress and your team’s performance regularly to enhance your decisions. Everyone wants to be successful, but not many people work hard for their dreams to come true. Successful individuals do whatever needs to be done to get ahead, where life will always offer more opportunities on every side. Leaders know that the pain of self-discipline is momentary, but the payoff lasts a lifetime.
By applying these steps to your decision-making process, you will be unconquered. The key to success is simple, you have to find the right strategies for making decisions and following through with them. If others can make it, so can you.
When it comes to decision-making leaders need the right skills. They should develop key abilities like leadership and communications as well as professional public speaking techniques to be successful. A great way that we can help you become more of an effective decision maker is by teaching all these different important topics through our 1-to-1 training: