I could not sleep tonight.
I woke up at 3am and was going in my head through everything that can go wrong with the store, online presence, expos… So I was dreaming about my skincare being crashed in my hands. Dreaming about the square app not working and melting on the table. And more horrific unrealistic fears..
I was dreaming that I need to be discussing more, involving more people and was dreaming that my head divided itself in 5 heads so I could do all off the above…
This morning, I went through my lists and the actual realistic risks and the ‘horrors’ of the night seemed like a nightmare that will not happen.
Just be calm and focus and act.
Should I or should I not?
Pick up the phone and make a call, or just stay on the chair doing very little? Send the email to let the potential client know that the terms are unreasonable or just hang around and leave the rest on the future? Meet the chief executive who wants to buy your company later this evening or tomorrow or never?
These are some major-minor turning points in a leader’s life.
One of the best leadership tips about decision-making you’ll get is that when it comes to quick decision making, just do it, the more often you do it, the better you get at it.
In our professional lives, we’re told to value the importance of thinking. As a leader, you’re expected to do the talking, the thinking, as well as the doing. We believe that we’re paid to look clever. But rather we’re paid to get things done. It’s not healthy to buffer between the available options. Also, deciding to act for a longer period of time. Rather you are supposed to spot the risks within the shortest time possible. And also make a call about what to do. People who don’t get things done or convince themselves of stalling the decision or the act are often lazy or simply frightened of committing to a decision.
Whenever we weigh out options before we take the final decision, we’re living those moments to see how our lives could go – one way or another.
These moments are critical. Instead of hunting for a reason to hang around, just get on with it. Leaders who lack quick decision making are often found to have a long to-do list. When you get at it, any decision, you’re giving yourself less of a concern. Because you’ve already started. Move on. Your head will be clearer on what you need to do next and your to-do list will be one task shorter. For an innovator, the ability to act is crucial to the unpredictable leadership journey. When you’re not doing something, you’re not making an idea happen. If you want to bring a change, you will have to do, over and over again. (READ:Learn the Art of Negotiation The Steve Jobs Way)
For starters, you can practice decision-making with simpler tasks.
For example, the next time you’re mulling over calling an old friend or having the urge to order an item you’ve unheard of from the menu, you’ll be giving yourself the opportunity to practice it. While you’re making a decision, in those few seconds, your brain will give you the option of doing it later. Rather, you’ll do it now, in the moment. This will lessen the burden each time you remember that you really need to call an old friend or try that Ethiopian dish. Doing always happens in the present. Whether you’re learning something new, or making a plan to launch a new product, or simply working out the possibilities. With every bit of action, you’re doing with ‘just do it’ attitude, you’re bringing yourself close to achieving what you want all along.Just do it and do it now. It gets easier every time.