This week, I need to ask you a favour. I have a bit of dilemma and am asking as many as I can for thoughts. As regular readers of these posts, I really value your views. It’s about decision making.
Where I’m at with my decision making
Some of you might know that I’ve spent the last year studying the Foundation 1 of yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga. I began because I wanted to find out more about the asanas that we all practice in class. I’ve practiced yoga for years on and off, and am familiar with many of the poses, but never really understood them! However, it’s turned out to be sooooo much more. During the last few months I’ve learned about the concept of living ‘yogically’. Yes, that’s a word!! And, my understanding of what it really means to practice yoga has grown enormously. Lots more to learn – at some point in the future.
So, now that I’ve handed in my last assignment, I have some spare brain space and am wondering what comes next. I still have my every day coaching, training and workshop design/delivery and equestrian clients to work with, but there’s a bit of capacity that I keep ‘spare’ for learning. Am I the only one that does that????
I have a few ideas as to where to start, but not sure how to choose. Should I do something professional? Should I find something equestrian related? How about something simply for personal growth? One thing I’ve wanted to explore for ages is journaling. But then there are so many choices about which journaling course to study. Or how about studying a language – didn’t do very well with languages at school, so how about now I’m doing it for pleasure?
How do you choose?
So, all that aside it got me to wondering how people do make decisions about life choices. As a coach, I hear many clients talk about their strategies for making decisions and sometimes they want to make changes to them. No two people think the same, but there are some common themes.
- The first thing to consider is to be clear about what the goal is. This is probably the most important part as it helps to keep us focused.
- Then, gather all of the relevant information – research is key and searching as many different sources as possible will give us the best perspective.
- Once the choices are narrowed, considering the implications of each option (both good and bad) is important. Even if the decision has some negative impacts, it might still be the right thing to do. Knowing in advance means we can take care of mitigating the downsides if necessary.
- Feeling good about the decision – that it’s the right thing to do – is essential. It might be a difficult decision (and one you don’t to make), but knowing you’ve followed your instincts when you’ve made up your mind is crucial.
- Finally, evaluating your decision and the outcome is the final part of the loop. And, it is a loop so that we can refine the process for next time.
Decision Making – how about you?
Although there are differences, depending on whose writing you follow, these are the common themes of the decision making process. But, I’m interested in what you can add. What other things to do you take into account? What processes have you used? Have they worked or would you do something different next time? Maybe you can help me to decide what to do next with the ‘learning’ space in my brain.
Please either feel free to add your comments here or email me your views and I can add them. Let’s get a discussion started – and who knows where it might lead us in our decision making for the future.