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Tips to make the right decision under pressure

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Read the article below to explore some scientifically proven steps to help in your decision process.

We all know that pressure can lead to bad decisions and possible mistakes, there is no novelty with it. The point is that in business daily routines sometimes we can’t eliminate the “pressure factor”. According to Dr. Daniel Friedland, CEO of Super SmartHealth, it’s possible to avoid the probability of bad decisions with the right practices and processes.

The process developed by Dr. Friedland is based on the science of how the brain works. His study includes the analysis of two parts of the human brain; the neocortex, which is our “thinking brain” and the amygdala, located in a survival-oriented region of the brain. The amygdala is the one responsible for controlling things like fight or flight.

In the article below we explore some tips that can help you to make better decisions, whether the pressure is present or not.  It should be mentioned that the process below can help not just in business decisions, but life in general.

Frame the Question

It’s normal to jump to solutions when facing problems, it’s the first instinct. But the best way should be to take some time to frame the question and thoroughly consider the challenge you are trying to overcome. Below some questions, which can help:

  • What are my choices?
  • What are the possible outcomes—short and long term?
  • What are my most important values and goals?
  • How will this decision affect those most important to me?

Find Your Answers

It seems to say, but not easy to put in practice. The most relevant tip here is to calm your mind to create a good environment so your brain can work to figure out good answers. Some ways that you can facilitate this process:

  • Practice deep breathing exercises, like those recommended in meditation practices. It’s scientifically proven that they help set up the brain for success.
  • Take a light jog or go for a walk.
  • Take a warm shower or a relaxing bath.
  • Ask yourself a question just before you go to sleep and notice what may arise in your dreams or just before you wake up (your brain works while you sleep).

Evaluate Answers and Decisions

Before putting into practice any decision you might take based on your thinking process, it’s a good idea to evaluate what you’ve concluded so far.

  • Does it feel “right” more than just feel “good”.
  • Is this good for others and me?
  • Do the rewards outweigh the risks?
  • Is this the best decision over the long term?

Apply the Decisions

Once, the steps above are completed you will probably feel much more comfortable to apply your decisions. Below some tips from Dr. Friedland:

  • Rehearse in your mind what to say beforehand (practice breathing if you feel stressed).
  • Make sure you are well-rested, hydrated and nourished before taking action.
  • Set a date and time to take action.

The frame below might help you to remember the steps:

Review Your Decisions

It’s important to review the whole process to ensure you stay on track with what you want to achieve. At this moment it’s recommended to reflect if the right decision was made if you have achieved what you have hoped for. Finally, ask yourself and the others involved if is there anything else that could be done.

It will always be room for fear and bad decisions, sometimes bad decisions can be reverted and lead us to improve and new achievements. The steps and framework above are an easy tool to help you and your team to achieve better results and feel empowered to act under pressure.

If you want to expand your knowledge on how to make the right decision under pressure, click on the link below to check our special training focused on this. 

*The article above is based on the information provided in this article

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