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More than 10 years ago, I remember hearing the story of Steve Jobs and his wardrobe routines. Every time he appeared on stage at an Apple launch, he'd always be wearing the same thing: black turtleneck, jeans + sneakers.
I'd imagine his closet is filled with all the same things – the most boring of boring closets.
Barak Obama did the same thing. When he was in the White House, he only wore blue or black suits.
I'm sure many on the planet might call it unfun and underwhelming...But my guess is those people don't run their business, right?
Decision Fatigue is a Real Thing
When it comes to learning how to become a good decision maker, here's one really helpful lesson to keep in mind.
Your human brain doesn't like making decisions.
It wants everything to be the same today as it was yesterday. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.
Why? Well, making decisions requires energy. You literally burn calories making decisions and that exhaustion you feel at the end of a big day, part of that is because you gotta make a lot of decisions all day.
If your primitive brain had its way, it would just tell you to do what you did yesterday. But as a business owner, you know that ain't gonna work.
When you run a business, you're in the hot seat. You're the one calling the shots, making decisions dozens, even hundreds of times a day.
The reason it feels doubly tiring is that you're actually making decisions for two (1) yourself and (2) your business.
So, anywhere you can lean into routines and habits, the better.
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One of the biggest reasons I became a big believer in systems and processes (even if it's a super simple copy + paste template), is because it helps cut down on the decisions you gotta make every day.
There was a time in my business when every time I responded to an email, every time I picked up the phone, it felt like I was starting from scratch. It's exhausting.
And that was just in the daily tasks, the day-to-day of running a business.
We can spend so much time and energy just trying to cover the basics that when it comes to making the big decisions in our businesses, we just stay in analysis paralysis. Or just decide to not make a decision. (Which, ironically is still a decision.)
How to Become a Good Decision Maker – My 3 Tips
Learning to get good at making decisions is a skill.
And don't stress if you like to cast yourself as "an indecisive person". You'll get hundreds of opportunities every day to change that and yes, you too can decide you're good at making decisions (particularly after you learn my framework for making decisions).
Here's my three guiding principles for how to become a good decision maker:
- Anywhere you can get into a routine and not tax your brain power, do it. That might mean eating the same things for lunch 2-3 times a week, wearing the same clothes for a few days in a row or posting the same caption on Instagram every week. (Yes, I do all of these things!)
- Decide ahead of time. Quite literally, you can make decisions about travel, dinner plans, the gym or even your business, days and weeks in advance. It frees up so much energy and makes it way more likely you'll follow throw on your big goals.
- Let go of the concept of "right" and "wrong". We're all conditioned to believe there is a right and wrong way to do things. When you realise that's just something you've been thrown into from a social perspective and open your eyes to alternative points of view, you'll see just how much you've been holding yourself back. Your creativity and problem-solving skills will skyrocket when you get out of the 'right' and 'wrong' paradigm and realise there are literally 10,000 options to pick from (for just about anything!).
If you wanna dig into decision-making even more and get more practical, actionable flower business tips, check out this week's podcast episode – How to Make Decisions
Inside This Week's Podcast Episode You'll Learn:
✓ My super simple 3-step approach to making decisions
✓ Why we avoid making decisions and how to get good at decision making
✓ The value of making decisions ahead of time
✓ How to apply my 3-step approach works to decisions in your life and your business
Listen to the full episode here
Full Episode Transcript