Happy Living
Popular Podcasts
Total Podcast Downloads
Through Sept 30, 2015
Member Area
  Member Login  
Enjoy Being
More Decisive

Written Sunday 01/06/08 by Joe Rossini

Decision-making can cause knots in our stomach; keep us awake in the middle of the night; or cause us to break out in a cold sweat when it comes to signing on the dotted line. However, it surely doesnít have to be this way. In this lesson we will delve into the decision making process, in an effort to make decision making more enjoyable.

Itís no secret that many leaders in the military, business, politics, sports or the medical profession thrive on making big decisions? Consider the football coach who must instantly decide whether to go for it on fourth and short, or punt in a critical situation with a couple minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Or consider a surgeon who must make a life or death decision regarding an unforeseen development in the middle of a surgery? Both of these individuals thrive on making these critical decisions often.

History contains many memorable decisions that have changed the lives and destiny of the entire world. Presidents of countries always seem to be faced with making critical choices that effect millions of citizens, yet many of us often have a difficult time deciding on which fast food restaurant to eat at during our lunch break.

I believe that decisiveness comes easier with extensive knowledge, confidence and practice. The more experience we have about the subject we must decide on, and confidence weíve gained through practice, tends to make the process of deciding a whole lot easier. The problem arises when there isnít enough time to gather all the facts and answers to our questions, because we are faced with a minutes or even seconds to decide. At these moments we must depend on our instincts and ďgutĒ feelings to make a decision. In most cases those ďgutĒ feelings are correct.

Remember, it is IMPOSSIBLE to remove the element of risk from life. No matter how much knowledge a person has, they are not all knowing. There will always be elements that he or she is unaware of. There will always be the possibility of the unexpected. So EVERY SINGLE decision is made with some element of risk. This unavoidable element of risk is what usually scares people. It seems easier to push the decision making on to someone else. Or better yet, it seems easier to just avoid making a decision. But doing so can carry just as much risk. If you push the decision on someone else, you run the chance of them making the wrong decision for you. If you avoid making a decision altogether, the world doesnít just stop for you; you run the risk of having your non-decision cause you and those you care about great harm.

Since you cannot avoid risk in this world, it means that sooner or later, you HAVE TO experience failures and disappointments from the decisions you make. So how shall we live if this is the setup? My suggestion to you is to make decisions and donít shy away from them. It will build your confidence to be decisive. The danger occurs when we second guess ourselves, get confused, and have to deal with conflicting emotions.

Substitute knowledge and confidence in the place of fear and procrastination. Take the energy you will waste on fear and devote it toward being more knowledgeable. Make it a practice never to procrastinate and wait to be pushed to the wall to make a decision. Practice the skill of decision-making often and look forward to decisions as a positive factor in your life that can be enjoyable. When you procrastinate, you create emotional baggage for yourself. Just make the best decision possible, using the best knowledge you can gather Ė and MAKE THAT DECISION! And always be prepared to deal with the results.

As a parent, employer, or manager, you should empower those around you to make their own decisions. You can only grow if those around you grow as well. The best decision makers are those that surround themselves with others who make their own decisions.

Teams never function well if the leader is indecisive. Members of a team lose respect for a leader very quickly if the leader is always flip-flopping. The whole team also suffers if any of the members are indecisive as well. The teamís momentum moves forward only when everyone can decide and then deal with the consequences.

Become a good decision maker by being knowledgeable and confident in your decisions. Practice deciding often. Take full responsibility for your decisions. Realize that you will succeed and you will fail. But no matter what the result, you will always move forward. We canít expect to make the right decision all the time, but making no decision is always the worst decision of all.

Email a friend......E-Mail This Article To A Friend Printer Friendly Version......Print This Article
Copyright ©2015 eHappyLife, LLC - All Rights Reserved
Articles may not be published without the consent of the Author

Learning Life's Lessons Master Archives
The Real Deal Relationships | Parents Should Be Special | Children Learn By Example
Make Time For Your Kids | Don't Wait To Share | Peers and Friends Come and Go
What Can Teams Teach Us? | Who's Telling The Truth?
Should You Fight To Be Right? | Exceeding Job Expectations
Relationships with Stats and Numbers | Using Personal Computers
The Road To Improvement | Doing The Do-able | Moving The Move-able
Doing What You Say | The Greatest Generation | You Can Count On Me
Take More Pride In 2005 | Financial Independence Anyone? | I Just Didnít Have Time!
Avoid Assuming Anything! | Never Take Anything For Granted!
The Power Of Fan Loyalty! | Dangers of Resisting Change! | Life's Peaks And Valleys
The Process Of Reinvention | Wisdom | Intuition and Instincts | A Little Bit At A Time
Why Speed Counts | The 80-20 Principle | Showing Your Appreciation
Think, Focus, And Finish | Learning From Others | The True Value Of Time
A Mother's Day Tribute | Writing Helps To Learn And Share | Are You Really Listening?
Memorial Day Tribute | Changing Is Difficult | Bubbles, Balance & Boredom!
A Perspective On Fatherhood | Why Courtesy Counts? | 1776 And Independence Day
Tools In The Right Hands | Boomers And Retirement | Playing The Games Of Life
How Tech Savvy Are You? | Rhythm And Momentum | Consistency Counts!
The Power Of Saying THANK YOU! | Fix Small Problems Quickly!
A Tribute To Labor Day | Scarcity And Value | College Footbal Lessons
The Most Important Clients | Develop A Solutions Mindset
Lifelong Learning Is Essential | A Game Of Mistakes | Respecting Rules And Laws
The Concept Of Systems | Strive To Make Others Happy | Hire Slow, And Fire Fast
A Lesson About Loyalty | Following-Up Reaps Rewards | Worry Less And Enjoy More
Live Today And Plan For Tomorrow | Something For Nothing review
Some Opinions On Advice | Resolutions Of Health & Peace
Where Dishonesty Can Lead Us | Living Each Day With Purpose | The Work Ethic
Avoiding Misinterpretations | Super Bowl And Our Culture
Start a Lifetime Word Course | Silence Is Golden Rules | A Perspective On Timelines
Invest In What You Know | Setting Priorities Is A Skill | The Power Of Prevention
Finding Relevance When You Retire | Benefit From Daylight Savings
Strive For What You Become | Choosing Price Or Quality | Understanding Your Inflation
Pursuing A Brighter Future | Creating Value And Wealth | The Ultimate Professional
Always Do Your Best | Choose Your Friends Wisely | Thoughts For The Class Of 2006
The Long Road To Showtime | In Memory Of James Rossini
Benefits Of Being A Contrarian | Innovate And Specialize Now!
Invest Your Energy Wisely! | A Hundred Weeks & Counting!
Developing A Sense Of Urgency | Does Fidelity Really Matter?
Does Brand Loyalty Still Matter? | A Perspective On Free Time
The Reality Of Competition | Why The Best Seek Education
Spend And Borrow Money Wisely | Want Your Clients To Love You?
Brainstorming Really Works | Losing Your Best Furry Friend
Be A Student Of Your Body | Drive Safe To Stay Alive | The Relevance Of Polls
The Power Of Paying Promtly | Learning Quickly From Mentors
Singing Happy Birthday Is Powerful | Always Respect Your Competitors
Gambling Is A Bad Bet | Develop An Investment Mindset
Till Respect Do Us Part | Navigating Through Holiday Shopping
Always Field Your Best Team | The Language Of Love
Forget The Ugly Past And Move On | You Are What You Think
The Internet Has Changed Our Lives | Dot The i's And Cross The t's
Service Is Not A Favor | Success + Overwhelm Equals Complacency
Why Real Deal Relationships Expire | The Ugly Costs of Misunderstandings
Taking Giant Steps And Leaps Of Faith | Searching For A Happy Life
Why Can't The Honeymoon Last? | Creating More Serenity Now
Who's Responsible For Irresponsibility? | How To Destroy Team Morale
The Gifts My Parents Gave Me | Turning Dreams And Visions Into Reality
Keep Clean, Organized Surroundings | Return Communications Like A Pro
Start Saving As Early As Possible | In Memory Of Rose Rossini
Bouncing Back From Adversity | The Early Bird Catches The Worm
Howís Your Name Brand Doing? | My One And Only Lesson On Politics
Itís Fatherís Day Once Again | A Trifecta Of Benefits
Mirrors Can Bring Pain Or Pleasure | Gadgets To Improve Your Attitude
Selling Your Conscience For A Buck | Dealing With Daily Obstacles
What Really Matters In Your Life? | What Really Matters In Your Life?
A Perfect Financial Storm Coming? | Avoid Distraction Overload
Turning Passion Into Profit | Disruptive Change Will Rule The Future
Buy Tools Before You Need Them | Pessimism Or Optimism? Your Choice!
Avoid Playing The Blame Game | The Development Of Instincts
Keep It Simple, Efficient & Consistent | Understanding The Workaholic Syndrome
Relationships Are What We Live For | We May Need A Push To Get Started
The Power Of A Positive Attitude | The Emotion Of Disgust
For Boomers And Caring Citizens | The Importance Of Focusing
Always Keep Your Promises | The Power Of Energy
The Power Of Persistence | Remove The Shackles Of Indifference
Become The CEO Of Your Life | A Thirst For Knowledge in 2008
Enjoy Being More Decisive | What Happened To Accountability?
Make Health A Top Priority In 2008 | Less Talk, More Action!
Understanding Team Dynamics | Excuses Benefit No One
Life Is A Balancing Act | Is Happiness Eluding You?
How Do You Define Success? | Time Is Money
The Necessity Of Flexibility | We Are All Salespeople
Being Accountable To Yourself | Dealing With Disappointment
Why Excess Adjusts The Marketplace | Recognizing Value And Importance
Donít Let Worry Drain Your Energy | That's Life!
Build Self Esteem Every Day | Avoid The School Of Hard Knocks
Praise More And Criticize Less | How To Increase Your Business Value
Why You Should Serve Customers Better | Don't Let Small Doubts Stop You!
Numbers, Stats And Market Forces | Always Strive For Excellence
Discipline Is Necessary For Progress | Why Service Can Really Stink
Reduce The Friction In Your Business | Avoid Being Indecisive
Everything You Do In Life Counts! | Time Is Our Most Precious Asset
High Energy Leadership | Anticipating And Preparing For Change
You Are Responsible For Your Choices | Resolve Means "I WILL"
Leading And Learning Communication Skills | Be A Member Of The 5% Club
Leading With An Unshakable Character | Defining Wealth And Value
Who Can You Really Trust? | The Rewards Of Growth
A Two Step Cure For Procrastination | Desire Is A Powerful Emotion
What Makes Customers Buy? | You Must Provide Value To Compete
Honest Self Appraisal | The Fear Of Failure | Take A Deep Breath
Are You A Master Or Victim Of Change? | Act Like A Fiduciary To Restore Trust
Which Will It Be: Inflation Or Deflation? | The Right Selling Price
Why People Don't Set Goals | Take Control Of Your Time
How To Invest Better Using Google

To view Polls by Questions Click Here

To view Polls by Topic Click Here

To view Personal Articles Index Click Here

After 15 years in existance, is about to receive a major UPGRADE for Computers, Tablets and Mobile Devices
Today's Featured Lesson is: The Power Of Saying THANK YOU!
232 Lessons Presented
Click below to listen to Wisdom

Build Your Vocabulary
Download our FREE iPhone & Android APP Now!