"Step one in making a decision is to make time to make the decision. Often we rush making decisions. We don't give it the the right time. We don't even schedule it. This is very important when it's a critical decision when there's money on the line when there is opportunity to line where time I'm going to be spent an effort or travel or whatever it is so make sure you make time to make a decision whether it's ten minutes fifteen minutes an hour. It doesn't matter but you need to make time you also need to make time bound meaning that you need to set limits on. How long are GONNA spend making decision as well as when you're GONNA make the decision Asian so you might say? Hey I'm gonNA spend one hour by next week. I'll have a decision. You don't have to do it immediately but you have to put in an hour somewhere before next week so you can feel good about. Hey I'm making this decision. I'm planning to do it and I know decision will be made an actual be taken by next week next you have to make. I'm sure you have all the information. You need to make a good decision. Some of us we just Russia decision without all the information we just kind of flip a coin basically basically in our head and say let's do it. Let's go for but hey let's find out if we have all the information whether you're making a higher need to call up some references or you're Deciding if you should go to that conference that costs a thousand dollars plus hotel plus travel. Do you have all the information. Do you know somebody's gone to that conference. You know If there are any reviews or discussions on Cora or you know video reviews on Youtube gather information so you have what you need to make a decision because at the end of the day you can only make a decision based on what you know in really. That's what you should make decisions on based on facts or first principles as it's called. What what do you know for sure decisions on how we feel? and that's very risky. That's how three year olds make decisions right literally. Children make decisions which is based on how they feel if we did that every day than we probably wouldn't get a lot done because you won't feel like doing the heart stuff to gather the facts so you can make decisions based on what you know. Oh Knicks explore options are alternative options to this decision. If we go back to this conference idea other other conferences princes you rather invest this money and time. Are there other options. Are there different kinds of tickets. If you're going purely for networking maybe you just go for the after parties are just being that city while that confidence going on what are other options that you have when it comes to this decision outline them write them down next extra gonNA make a selection from one of those options right you do a cost benefit analysis. How much is this GONNA cost you? Time money effort opportunity. Cost if you're doing this then you're not doing something else versus what you're going to get the benefit the rewards the result which one of all of these options have the benefit outweighing. The costs next sign on how you're going to implement this decision. What's your plan for implementing implementing this? How you going to do this when you're going to do this? And then lastly take action take the first step to fulfilling or following through with this decision. You also have to communicate this decision if it involves other people if you have a team of course. They're going to help you out with implementing this decision vision. Let them know what you've decided the rationale and get going. You don't have to walk through the whole process of how you came to this decision but you can tell them a little bit of a why or the benefits of doing this task or going ahead with this decision. After I go through all these steps I often feel a sense sense of common sense of reassurance that Hey I've done everything I can to make sure I'm making the right decision. And it's based on facts. It's based on information. It's based on the Options I presented to myself now this can be used also for tough decisions not just opportunities like firing employee or killing one of your products or services decision making is a skill so the more you do it and you go through this process that better get out of it now remember not not all your decisions are going to pan out to be right. You'RE GONNA make the wrong decision sometimes and that's okay. That's part of the game. You WanNa do that every time you make a decision whether the result is positive or negative do a postmortem and this could be a few seconds a few minutes and ask yourself. Is this a good result. Yes okay why is it a good result TEJA. Do we get to this result. What decisions that we made the resulted in this result trae but the same thing with if you have a negative result? Okay you're trying to do here is trying to prevent making the same mistake twice. It's okay to make mistakes but not the same mistake twice okay. Let's try to prevent that."