Simplifying Decisions

Mindset Mike

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“Simplify your Life by Simplifying Your Decisions”

“When we focus on problems, we only find more problems; Focus on solutions instead.”

Ultimately, the focus must always be on you if we want to be successful in our daily lives. We can’t worry about things outside of our direct control and must focus on solutions instead of problems.  Every single obstacle we face has three ways of dealing with it – find an excuse, find a solution, or make the best of a bad situation. Being able to quickly and productively navigate this complicate process is a vital component to achieving your goals

 

SIMPLIFY YOUR DECISION MAKING

An easy way to help us stay focused on the right things is have strategies that allow you to cut through any complex or unproductive emotions and arrive at fast/effective solutions. Strategies, often in the form of questions, make loads of information easier to handle and simplify our decision-making process. Firmly understanding our priorities is the first step; effective questions is step two.

 

STEP ONE: ALIGN YOUR PRIORITIES WITH YOUR VISION

If we are failing to live our ideal priority order currently, it is probably because we have a difficult time saying no to distraction/negative feelings, emotions, and/or tempting environments. We think that by living according to “whatever feels good” we are acting freely, but really, we are living as slaves who are addicted to our feelings/emotions and relationships. Truly free people can say what to others and themselves in favor of their priorities. Slaves and addicts cannot say no. DON’T confuse freedom and slavery.

ACTIONABLE ADVICE

Identify your top 5 IDEAL priorities and list them (ex: 1. Faith, 2. Family. 3. Health, etc)

Make a second list of what your CURRENT priorities are (be honest)

Write 3 simple steps that you can take to help yourself reprioritize your current priorities to your ideal situation

 

STEP TWO: ADOPT DECISION STRATEGIES TO AVOID OVERTHINKING

Many people are prone to overthinking and this drains our energy that could be dedicated to productivity. Overthinking pulls us from the present moment and puts us into a world of “what-ifs” and second guessing that never ends.  The easiest way to battle any problem is to have a plan; overthinking is no different. 

ACTIONABLE ADVICE

Three types of situations tend to cause overthinking – Is this a good thought I’m having? What should I do? How do I cope with this? In order to combat this, lets make strategies for how to deal with them!

1. A

2. B

3. C

(predator or prey thinking? Does this reflect my priority list? Does this get me closer or farther from get me closer or farther from my goal? Is this a situation I can change, otherwise, how do I make the best of it)

 

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Developing A Predator Mindset Pt.3

 

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