The Power of Decision Making

Each and every day we make thousands of decisions in which we are affected by. What to eat. Who to spend time with. Even what we decide to focus on plays a role on our lives. In a sense, decisions are the driving forces that control every outcome we have in life. Want to become a better decision maker? Let's give you some steps to harness this powerful tool.

Focus

We are a product of our imagination and will become what we think about. Furthermore, the idea of controlling focus can help you to make better decisions moment to moment allowing for in increase in quality of life.

Making the decision to focus on something that makes you happy will put you into a far better state of mind than if you were to think of something that make you upset. Most of the time, people tend to zero in on all the negative aspects of life and miss out on all life truly has to offer.

For example, say you have a big Algebra exam coming up. You know you don't want to study but in order to get a good grade on the test you must. In this particular scenario there are two outcomes. One being study for the test and most likely get a passing grade or two blow it off and hope not to fail. Now in the back of your head you know what the RIGHT decision is but most likely your focusing on how much you don't want to study. This is the most influential mistake when making a decision.

So the next time you are deciding whether or not to study for an exam remember to focus on the outcomes. Take a second to think, you will be amazed how simple a decision can be if you just focus.

Knowledge

What the best way to make better decisions? Learn from the wrong ones you have made in the past.

Nobody is perfect and realizing that is the first step in transforming the way you make decisions. You will not always make the right choice but over a period of time making decision after decision, you will begin to see a substantial change.

Gain knowledge from past challenges and successes. Use these to your advantage by applying everything you've learned into future decisions. In other words, a person who learns from their mistakes has a far better chance of improving it next time around than a person that doesn't.

Let's go back to the exam example I used before. Say you go into class and take the exam. Afterward, you realize that it was extremely hard and if you would've studied you would've done better. Right here you are faced with another choice to make. Whether to learn from your failure or to blow it off like it never happened. Most likely, the one who realizes what they did wrong will correct that mistake in the future. But the ones who don't realize what they've done will probably fail again.

What decision would you make?

Growth

The last step in improve decision making is to simply grow from past decisions. In order to grow you must first understand what your mistake was. When you can do this, you'll be able to make better decisions down the line.

How does one master decision making? It's actually very simple. Just like a muscle, if we workout it will get bigger and stronger. The same goes for our decision making. The more decisions you make, the better you will get at making the right ones.

If you want a change in your life, first master the decisions you make every day. They are like a roadmap we create for ourself and will determine where we end up.

Choose to take control of your decisions and watch your life transform before your eyes. However, if you continue to make irrational decisions, beware where you'll end up.

Time Managment

Time can be a valuable asset if you use it to your advantage. Everybody, no matter who they are, has twenty-four hours a day to do whatever they choose to do. The choice of what to do with that time is entirely up to you. 

Time management is a crucial skill for somebody that wants to see substantial progress in their life. To master time we must first look at two areas that will have the most impact on how you spend your day. 

Standard  

The standard you set for yourself day to day is the determining factor in how productive your weeks, months, and years will be. Also know as benchmarking, setting a standard is a powerful tool that if used correctly can make even the hardest aspects of life easy. Training yourself to not get so caught up in what everyone else is doing but rather focus on what is going to make you better each day, will be rewarding in the long run.

Another thing to think about it what skills you posses. How could they be of value? Build on those skills and begin to lay the foundation for future success that will add more value to your way of life. 

Driving Forces

Knowing what drives you to wake up every morning is essential in time management. Driving forces can be anything from a particular person in your life to an emotion. An example of a specific emotion that acts as a common driving force is fear of failing. The emotion of fear can either ruin a person or make them that much better. When a person lets the fear of failure consume them often times they fail at whatever they are trying to accomplish. But the person that uses failure as a driving force allows that fear to make them that much better. 

It goes back to the idea of how emotions drive us to either fail or succeed. If you want to learn more about your emotions go check out Ways to Deal with Emotions