How To Think Fast And Clear To Make The Right Decision
Do you often have problems making decisions?
If so, don’t worry, as this is a very common problem.
Despite having to make thousands of decisions every day, it seems like no one has ever taught you about decision making.
However, as you’ll soon see, decision-making is definitely something that can be learned. Instead of being apprehensive about making a decision – you’ll find yourself looking forward to it.
Making the right decision is hard, but do you know why?
Go back in time and imagine a scenario where you were forced to make a quick decision.
Maybe you’re negotiating a new car, looking at a job offer, or picking up a last-minute vacation package. All of these situations will test your decision-making abilities.
Studies have shown that it is more difficult to make the right decisions when we are suffering from anxiety, stress or time pressure.
For example, if you are worried about a situation (such as finding your way through an unfamiliar city), your brain is likely to direct you to the safest options. Unfortunately, these options may not be the best choices.
Good decision makers are often winners in life
Sure, you can still live with decisions that aren’t good enough.
However, if you want to excel in your career, strengthen your finances and live an organized and happy life – you definitely need to be able to make the right decisions quickly.
My guess is that you may run into situations on a daily or weekly basis that require you to make important choices or decisions. If you don’t know how to think clearly (I’ll explain more about this later), you will leave your fate to the god of luck, instead of creating your own path in life.
“Your destiny is shaped the moment you make a decision.” – Tony Robbins
Clear thinking boosts your decision-making power
If you’re not familiar with the term thinking clearly, I’ll give you a simple definition: Think openly, clearly, rationally, and use evidence to reach conclusions or answers.
Making the right decisions often requires a combination of knowing how to think quickly and analytically.
Now, let’s take a look at three ways you can increase your decision-making power.
Prioritize your decisions
Becoming a great decision maker starts with knowing which decisions are most important or most pressing.
Many of us tend to prioritize decisions we’re comfortable with or good at – instead of making the more difficult ones. Obviously there is a problem with this. Big, important decisions that require our attention are pushed aside and neglected.
To change this behavior, consider creating a daily list of the decisions you need to make, and then prioritizing them.
Create mental space to enable better decision making
If, like most people, your mind is cluttered with a constant stream of news, rumors, and information, then you may find that decision-making is more difficult than it needs to be.
You have to find time and space for your mind to focus on options and make decisions quickly. There are a few simple ways you can do this, including: take a walk in the park, enjoy a relaxing bath, and focus on a topic other than the one you need to decide on.
By taking one of the above actions (or something similar), you give your mind breathing space to work subconsciously to reach a decision. You will also put aside any worries or pent-up thoughts about making a decision.
Develop a flexible mental approach
Organizations and individuals stuck in a rut often use the following expression: “I/We always do it this way”. It is not uncommon for them to have great difficulty making tangible progress.
To be a great decision maker, you must be willing to be flexible and open-minded. As Albert Einstein aptly said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that we used when we created them.”
The trick is to step outside of your normal thinking patterns. Instead, seek out fresh, inspiring answers by letting your mind be creative and free. As an example for you, if it often takes days for an important decision – why not try reducing this time down to how many hours?
read also: Think Fast, Think Slow by Daniel Kahneman
To drive your success, think fast, think clearly
Thinking fast just takes practice. Over time, as your confidence grows, you’ll be able to make almost instantaneous decisions on everyday matters.
However, for more important decisions, you should turn to critical thinking methods.
This can be summarized as follows:
- Identify links between ideas.
- Approach the problem systematically and consistently.
- Identify errors and inconsistencies in reasoning.
- Determine the relevance and importance of ideas and arguments.
- Use evidence to reach conclusions and decisions.
To illustrate the points above, imagine yourself running your own business. You’ve had some initial success and you’re now looking at hiring someone to help you grow your business further.
read also: Simple Thinking and Fast and Slow Thinking
To come to a decision on this, you might first write down the pros and cons of hiring someone. You can then take it a step further, by looking at the possible financial benefits and potential risks of bringing someone on board. Finally, you can research businesses similar to yours, to see if they can successfully expand by hiring employees.
Successful people know how to make everyday decisions quickly. However, they also know how to make important decisions that require more time and focus.
By learning to think critically, you will increase your confidence when making decisions. This will naturally promote your success and happiness in life.