the Indecision: How to Eliminate Bad Habits that Cloud Your Thinking
how you feel when you have a “light bulb” moment—when suddenly
the solution to a problem becomes crystal clear. What if those were
regular occurrences instead of elusive moments?
business leaders agonize over decisions. Big or small, we replay all
the possible solutions to a problem over and over in our mind. We get
so wrapped up in the problem that our brain often gets “stuck” and
we can’t move forward. Sometimes the decision is easy, like which
restaurant to take a client to, while other times the decision is much
more difficult, such as whether to take a job transfer. Yet, when your
mind is foggy and unfocused, even simple decisions can seem
some of these seemingly “easy” decisions so hard to make? It’s
not the decision itself, but rather the state your mind and body are
in when you are faced with making one. You need to be relaxed,
balanced, and focused to be able to easily make the right decisions
every time. Additionally, we often engage in daily habits that make
reaching clarity and a good decisions near impossible.
you’re in this proper mental state, all the facets of your mind and
body come together in the right balance. You can think positively and
clearly and reach a quick conclusion. You’re able to overcome any
habits that hinder your decision making process. How? By being:
positive, happy, and released from fear and anxiety;
with power, success, self-confidence, and energy;
focused on the task at hand.
called being in a “Clarity State.” How often are you in the Clarity
State? With the stress of everyday life and the many demands you have on
your time, falling out of balance is easy. Add in the deadlines that
usually accompany decisions, and the pressure to perform makes
achieving your Clarity State even tougher. Learning methods of reaching the
Clarity State when you need it the most is the critical step to stopping indecision
and making better decisions.
addition, watch for these three bad habits that can quickly sabotage
your clarity and your decision making skills.
Bad Habit Number One: Multi-Tasking:
business positions, multi-tasking is considered an essential skill.
The problem with multi-tasking is that you never completely focus on
anything. If you’ve ever tried to conduct a phone call and read an
email at the same time, you know you will either miss comprehending
parts of the conversation or parts of the email. You can’t fully
concentrate on two things at once. Something suffers.
multi-tasking, whenever possible, try doing consecutive tasks.
Concentrate fully on one item before moving onto the next.
Set a timer if you need to. By concentrating solely on one
item, you will be able to get through your to-do list more quickly
than if your attention is scattered. And the less scattered you are
throughout the day, the better you’ll be at reaching clarity and
Bad Habit Number Two: Being
Competitive with Others:
only with yourself. Push yourself to excel at your job, learn new
skills, and develop new talents. The sky is the limit with what you
can achieve. However, don’t compete against others. You have no
control over how smart or ambitious or connected someone else is, so
don’t waste your energy focusing on it. If you do, you will add
unnecessary stress to your life and function at less than optimal
example, if you have your eye on a promotion, don’t focus on
“winning” a promotion over your co-worker; instead, concentrate on
becoming an ideal candidate for the job. Find out what skills and
leadership qualities are necessary to excel in that position and learn
them. Do your research, brush up on your knowledge, and invest your
time in self-improvement—not worrying about your competition. You
can’t control who gets the job, but you can make yourself a strong
candidate. Even if you don’t “win” the position, you’ve
learned some marketable skills.
competition out of the picture, you perform at your best.
Additionally, you remove stress from your life and make the clarity
state more attainable.
Bad Habit Number Three: Working
technology, we are better connected to our jobs now than ever before.
This is both a blessing and a curse. Our work is with us all the time.
Cell phones, pagers and laptops make it all too easy to work when we
shouldn’t be. You need to save some mental, physical, and emotional
resources to regenerate, think, and strategize for the future. A
workaholic tendency prevents us from taking time to contemplate, focus
our minds on critical issues, and use our full brain capacity to
develop creative solutions. Our mind never gets a rest.
We need to
change this “working all the time” trend today. Make yourself
unavailable as often as you can. Resist the urge to “just check
email” five times a day when you’re on vacation. Let your phone
calls go into voice mail. Stepping away from work will do wonders for
your energy level and concentration. You’ll quickly find that a
relaxed mind makes better and quicker decisions every time.
is the state of coherence required for improved cognitive performance
and good decision making. Start learning methods to attain the Clarity
State, and beware of the bad habits that could sabotage your efforts.
Concentrate on one task at a time, compete only against yourself, and
take time off work to recharge and refresh your mental battery. When
you consistently achieve your Clarity State, you will be able to make decisions much more quickly and with much
less stress. Now, your
light bulb moments will become common occurrences.
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