8 habits of people who consistently make wise decisions under pressure


1. They take a moment to pause

When faced with the pressure of making a quick decision, taking even a brief pause can provide valuable perspective and clarity, whether it's through a few deep breaths or allowing yourself time to sleep on it. 

2. They check in with their gut or inner feeling

By pausing to connect with her inner feelings using the Focusing technique, Jenny gained clarity and empowerment in making her decision, leading to a successful surgery outcome. 

3. They get all of the relevant information first

Jenny's empowered decision-making was supported by taking a pause to gather information, emphasizing the significance of acquiring relevant factors and seeking advice when faced with time-sensitive choices. 

4. They stay flexible

Flexible decision-makers prioritize wise choices by being open to changing plans based on new information and circumstances, recognizing the need to adapt and pivot as necessary. 

5. They try to be objective and avoid biases

Recognizing the influence of over 150 cognitive biases, wise decision-makers counteract biases like confirmation bias, anchoring bias, and availability bias by actively seeking diverse perspectives and considering all relevant information for better decision-making. 

6. They analyze options and weigh up the consequences

To mitigate cognitive biases and decision overwhelm, carefully consider the available choices and their likely outcomes by writing them out and conducting a pros and cons analysis, enhancing clarity on available options and expected results. 

7. They break decisions down into smaller pieces

To avoid overwhelm, break complex decisions into stages or categories, like considering salary, commute, company culture, growth potential, and personal fulfillment, for clearer evaluation. 

8. They take the decision and then trust in themselves

Trusting yourself and your decisions, even with limited information, brings long-term fulfillment and growth, as studies show that constant self-doubt leads to stress and less happiness. 

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