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Decision Making

How to cultivate a decisive mindset to achieve what you want in your life effectively.

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Definition: decisiveness is a trait or characteristic that describes people's bias towards action despite uncertainty.

Nobody teaches us decisiveness. 

There are no classes for this. 

Yet nothing will change the trajectory of your life as improved decision-making abilities: both quality and speed of decision-making. 

Lee Iaccoca, a famous American automobile executive, said: 

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere. 

In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy and plow your anger and energy into something positive.

Success, productivity, and money are attracted to speed of action. 

Thinking and learning are critical but can't replace real action. 

Decisive people do whatever they can to shorten the time between an idea and plan to the actual execution of that plan in the real world. 

And they are trying at the same time to make the best decisions.

I will tell you a story to show an example of decisiveness in action.

One day, a worker from the factory talked to Lee about bringing the Corvette back in style to create a car with a moving roof.

Iaccoca says, yes, that sounds like a good idea, and immediately added: 

Why don't you take a blow torch right now and cut off the roof of this car, and we will drive it around for a couple of days and see what people say? 

So his workers were driving this car around with the roof cut off, and everybody on the streets talked about how cool it was. 

So Lee Iaccoca said, yes, let's do this car in mass production! 

There were no meetings, no long discussions, nothing but quick, decisive action, and it was a massive success as a result. 

This example shows how success happens. 

It's starting things before you're ready to do them. 

Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all. - Brian Tracy 


The average person sometimes takes 10x times longer than they should decide.

There is a reason why to decide faster. 

When some people want to learn a new skill, they become a black belt before practicing. 

They want to study and know everything about karate before taking their first lesson.

But here is a brutal truth: most theories get crushed when they come in contact with the real world. 

I don't say that you don't need to think before deciding. 

There should be a limit to thinking time.

During the non-profit time, during non-action time, you can ponder and think deeply about decisions you need to make.

When it is time for your actual work, you should act.

More often, it's easier to correct a wrong decision and make it right than it is to make the right decision in the first place.

Once you know how to do something right, you don't have to think about your decisions much time. 

You should act and see if it gives you correct results. 

I will tell you a historical example of decisiveness.

Before Napoleon Hill became famous, he started his writing career and met with Andrew Carnegie. 

Napoleon Hill was sitting at the table with Carnegie.

A steel magnate proposed to him to write a book about the habits of successful people of that time. 

When Carnegie told Napoleon his idea, he gave him only 1 minute to think about it and answer whether he accepted the proposition or not. 

Just "yes" or "no." 

As Napoleon wrote later, that minute was the longest in his life. He was feeling very nervous and emotional during those 60 seconds. 

He even could not understand why but something inside made him say yes. 

When Napoleon Hill agreed, Carnegie took a clock out of his pocket, and it was showing 55 seconds passed and then said: 

"If you waited 6 seconds more and agreed to my proposition, I would decline because I don't want to deal with a person who doubts his abilities to implement this project. But you were on time. That's why I will help you to implement your project.". 

As a result, this project became a worldwide hit: "Think And Grow Rich."

We can't' represent our future projections in reality around us. 

We cannot think about a decision and, through the theory, work it out. 

We will bring it into existence and make it accurate. 

What happens is that you come up with an idea of what to do, and then you act. 

Then you correct the course.

It's like a homing missile zigzagging to its target. 

It moves in one direction. 

It gets course corrections. 

It moves in another direction. 

It gets course corrections.

It uses experiential data to adjust its choices. 

It does not use thinking much, not a theorizing type of thinking.

I don't say that you make mistakes continuously and deliberately, especially fatal errors, creating considerable damage. 

Some life-changing complex decisions like huge money investments, starting a business, marrying, health problems, and others require extensive thinking before deciding.

But here, we talk about decisions you can easily correct and where you can trust your gut or experience. 

It would help if you got good at making the wrong decisions too. 

Not to be afraid to make mistakes.

So you can quickly correct them to the right choices. 

That's a much quicker and more effective approach to getting the right decision than trying to get the right decision right off the bat. 

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