In the quest to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life, mastering the art of smart decision-making is a cornerstone skill. Hi – My name is George Eapen, and as a decision-making life coach at Next Dimension Story, I'm here to guide you through both the mindset coaching and practical application aspects of making better choices. Together, we'll transform your life through sound decision-making skills and help you embrace a life of courage and perseverance.
1. Self-awareness: Begin your journey by understanding yourself at a profound level. What are your values, strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations? Self-awareness empowers you to make choices that are in sync with your true self.
Practical Application: Take time for self-reflection regularly. Journal your thoughts and insights, gradually building a deeper understanding of who you are.
2. Growth Mindset: Adopt a growth mindset. See every challenge and setback as an opportunity for personal growth. This shift in perspective encourages you to learn and evolve from your decisions, even when they don't go as planned.
Practical Application: When faced with adversity, ask yourself, "How can I learn and grow from this experience?" Keep a journal of lessons learned.
3. Visualisation: Harness the power of visualisation to create a clear mental picture of your ideal life and the decisions that will lead you there. This practice helps you set precise goals and make choices that align with your vision.
Practical Application: Create a vision board or write a detailed description of your dream life. Refer to it often for motivation and clarity.
At Next Dimension Story, we take the 3 techniques mentioned above and layer it with the art and science of storytelling to help clients gain a deeper awareness of themselves whilst focusing on a growth mindset to move ahead in life. Using the concept of metaphors and imagery we explore “victory moments'' in the lives of individuals where they overcame the odds/adversities and prevailed. By focusing on victory moments through images and metaphors, you get a deeper understanding of your true self whilst focusing on your strengths to embrace a growth mindset. As this reflective exercise is highly visual, it enables the individual to visualise their future through vision boards and mood boards to plan and orchestrate a more courageous, forward-thinking life.
Evaluating The Choices That Are In Front Of You:
We have all been there – Needing to make choices when we reach critical junctions in our personal and professional lives. During such moments, it is important to keep a calm mindset as you evaluate the choices in front of you. Here are 4 guidelines to help you to evaluate, process, and decide the best way forward with your choices:-
1. Pro and Con Lists: When faced with a challenging decision, employ the classic pro and con list. This simple technique offers a structured way to evaluate potential outcomes.
Practical Application: Take a recent decision you need to make and create a comprehensive pro and con list. This will provide valuable insights into the best course of action.
2. Consult Trusted Advisors: Seek guidance from mentors, friends, or family members who have experience in the area of your decision. Their insights and diverse perspectives can be invaluable.
Practical Application: Identify someone you trust and discuss a decision you're grappling with. Actively listen to their advice and consider it in your decision-making process.
3. Set Clear Goals: Prior to making any decision, clarify your short-term and long-term goals. Ensure that your choice is aligned with these objectives. If it isn't, reconsider.
Practical Application: Draft your goals for the coming month, year, and five years. Whenever you face a decision, evaluate whether it brings you closer to these goals.
4. Decision Journal: Keep a decision journal to track your choices and their outcomes. This practice allows you to reflect on past decisions, learn from them, and fine-tune your decision-making process.
Practical Application: Start your decision journal today. Document significant decisions, factors considered, and the results. Periodically review and adjust your approach based on past experiences.
Through the art & science of storytelling approach at Next Dimension Story, we guide our clients to look at their passion points and pain points and overlap their life choice against their passion points and pain points. This provides an authentic angle to evaluate the choice in front of them and gets them to truthfully reflect on whether the choice accentuates their passion points or pain points. We then map the decision to SMART goals and timelines to help our clients convert the decision into tangible, actionable steps that they can take over the coming days and weeks. This propels our clients to boldly make decisions and start living out their new life path.
Documenting and journaling the way forward is a powerful reflection tool that helps you to learn from your mistakes and internalise your victory moments as you move ahead in life. This approach also helps you to embody a growth mindset as you make choices and live life with courage and conviction.
Your journey toward becoming a masterful decision-maker is an ongoing one. Each choice, whether big or small, is an opportunity for growth and evolution. With the right mindset and practical strategies, you can transform your life, one choice at a time.
For those who are ready to take their decision-making skills to the next level, I invite you to explore my comprehensive online video courses,learn-on-the-go audio courses, and personalized one-on-one coaching sessions. These resources are designed to provide you with the knowledge and support you need to formalize your decision-making skills and lead a life filled with courage and perseverance. To learn more or to sign up, click here to sign up for the guided, step-by-step online video courses.
If you would prefer to learn the techniques via an audiobook course, please click here. Some of you might want to speed up your decision-making skills, in which case, I would recommend a 1 to 1 decision making coaching session in a guided, safe, comfortable, online environment.
Remember, the power to shape your destiny lies in your decisions. Let's embark on this journey together and unlock your potential for a brighter and more purposeful life.