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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quick decision making

Decisions must be taken after giving enough thought to them. While that is true for most decisions, it has also been observed that most of the landmark decisions are instant, taken with gut feel, involves emotions and mostly lack the "thinking time" that is normally advisable to be associated with any decision making process.

Let me tell you a small story to exemplify what i am trying to say.

Once there was a saint who was giving a lecture on the beauty of "giving" in life. There was a king who was sitting as a part of the audience. The saint delivered a very motivating and inspiring speech. Every one amongst the audience liked the speech. In fact, most of the audience were "moved" by the speech. All of them decided to "give" some money at the end of the speech, as per their individual capabilities to support the cause for which the saint was giving the lecture. The king decided to donate Rs. 100.

After the speech was over, there was a person with a platter going round each audience and offering them the chance to "donate" whatever they wished to. The king had already decided to donate Rs. 100, though his turn was at the fag end of the queue. While waiting in the queue, he was watching others "donate". He realized that the first few people did not donate more than Rs. 50. He started to "think". Won't it be wiser if he also donates Rs. 50 now and may be he can donate Rs. 50 next time also? The platter went moving and the king saw more people donating Rs. 20 and Rs. 10 bills. His mind kept "working". The king was more or less sure that he would donate Rs. 20 only now. That seemed enough considering what everyone was donating. Then, he saw a few people donating Rs. 5 coins. Well, that triggered another "thought" process in his mind. The coins made some noise when thrown in the platter. That means that everyone would know that he has at least donated something. If he throws in a bill, no one apart from his neighbors might even know whether he has donated anything or not.

As his turn came finally, he threw a Rs. 1 coin in the platter. That seemed to make a perfect sense to his "mind". Rs.1 coin made the same noise as a Rs. 5 coin. Isn't this more profitable?

So, the king, came down from a decision Rs. 100 to finally donating Rs. 1.

In life, there would be moments when you are inspired and in a state to take a right decision. Many times, taking instant decisions at such stage is the best possible thing to do. If you allow your mind to "think", it would get corrupted by the environment around it.

I am sure there would have been times in your life when you knew that you must take a decision at that very instant, and that you have everything else covered if you take that decision, but the sad fact was that you allowed the decision to get delayed and this gave enough time for your mind "to think" and let you know why your decision was either impractical or why you should not go for it.

These decisions could be related to your career, your job, business, family or anything else. Whenever such an idea strikes, whenever your conscious says that it likes the message from a book or an article from the blog, take an immediate decision and start following your decision. In the long run, you will never repent having chased what your inner conscious wanted you to. If you do not do that, you might be one of those kings who had all the power and willingness to follow his heart but just "delayed" the decision enough for the mind to "think" and align itself with the world. 

What happens in this "additional time frame" is not that difficult to understand. Your  mind tries to bring you from an "elevated state" to a "state of equilibrium" with the rest of the world. The more time you allow, the more close you would be to the state of equilibrium. 

Decisions taken in an "elevated state" are often unique and hence are also likely to give you unique results. It is just that we must trust our gut feel and go ahead and take that decision.

Go ahead, take those decisions instantly, before the world around you makes you "think" and takes that golden opportunity away from you, before your mind brings your thinking down from a highly elevated state to an equilibrium state with this "ordinary" world. At an equilibrium state, you follow what everyone around you does.

To lead, you need to lead in decision making and for that to happen, decisions must happen in an elevated state of mind. !!!


Manoj Arora

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