If you’ve been following me for a period of time you have probably heard me say it before, that decisions are the start of all great success.
In fact, right when I first got started I actually put together a free eBook called ‘Decisions, Decisions – How to Transform Your Life by Mastering Your Decisions‘…
Unfortunately, it’s not available any more as I’ve taken my brand in a different direction. However, it’s still something I truly believe.
Which begs the question of how do we make better decisions…?
Well, you’re in the right place as that is what I am going share in this article.
I first learnt about how powerful decisions are back in 2017 when I was reading ‘Awaken the Great Within‘ by Tony Robbins.
Throughout my journey thus far, I have referenced this book a hell of a lot. It was one of the first personal development books that I read and has played a major role in my growth since.
There are three main points I want to cover starting with…
1. Become more self-aware
Self-awareness is so important in all walks of life and if we really took the time to think about it, there is a reason why we all do what we do and why we act the way that we act.
Now, that’s a deep topic and one for another day.
But, it’s linked to making better decisions because if we become more self-aware and acknowledge why we do the things that we do and why we act the way we act we can use our past actions to make better decisions in the future.
And, if alongside this we can develop more awareness to who we are and where we are going, we again off of the back of this can make better decisions moving forward.
For example, if we take the time to get clear on our vision for our lives, making decisions becomes easier because all we have to do is make decisions in alignment with our vision.
I believe this is one reason why people struggle to make decisions because they don’t know where they’re going. They don’t have a vision, a north star that can guide them through life.
It’s the same with purpose, our values, core beliefs, and all of the self-discovery “stuff”. Once we become more aware of these things for ourselves we can make decisions off of the back of them to help us move forward, stay true to ourselves, and create our lives by making better decisions.
2. Learn from past decisions
I’m pretty confident by saying that at some point in our lives we’re going to mess up and make a wrong decision. Even as you’re reading this many wrong decisions that you’ve made might be coming to mind – I know they are for me!
And, this is okay – it what makes us human.
These moments are opportunities to learn and to grow.
In every so-called ‘failure’ or ‘wrong decision,’ there is a learning experience waiting for us if we allow ourselves to take the opportunity.
How are you even measuring the so-called wrong or bad decision? Maybe, at the time you made the decision you thought it was the right one?
The key here, is to not beat yourself up.
Know that sometimes making the wrong call is a part of life, and all we can do in these moments is take responsibility, learn the lesson and keep moving forward!
3. Make more decisions
I’m a huge football fan. I love to watch it, play it, read about it, and the list goes on. In order for anyone to improve at football, what do you think would be the best way to go about it?
A) Watching the odd game, hoping, wishing and praying to be better…?
B) Actively doing something about it by practicing day and night…?
I personally think option B and I hope you do too!
You don’t become better at football, a sport, or any other skill by sitting around hoping, wishing and praying. You become better by taking action and practising.
And, it’s exactly the same for anything in life including making better decisions.
Decision-making is a very valuable skill, one that anyone can improve on with time, dedication and by making more decisions.
It’s one of those things that is simple, yet not easy and that’s why people give up too soon.
The good news is that it doesn’t matter how small the decision is.
It’s just about getting into the habit of making decisions on a consistent basis, reflecting on those decisions, and taking the lessons to make better ones!
Go ahead and try these 3 ways to help you make better decisions and share your results with me by connecting with me across social media. My username is @reallukeburrows on all social media platforms.