Quick and Confident Decision-Making
Decisiveness is the hallmark of good leadership. Decisive people tend to do better in the game of life and stay well ahead of the curve when it comes to progress. Being able to make decisions quickly and confidently is a skill we all should master regardless of our ambitions and personal goals. In doing so, we bring efficiency to our lives and become masters of our greatest limited resource – time. I can’t tell you how often I used to sit on problems hoping that they would work themselves out, or when I took too long to make a move, that the benefit lost its impact. You can enjoy a lot peace when the decision that you’ve made is something that you can live with and not feel conflicted about. Over the years, I’ve found that it takes conviction and application to get better at it, and regardless of where you are right now, there are a few ways to improve and sharpen the ability for yourself.
Measure with your value system
You know what you like and what you don’t. You know the things that make you smile and what offends your sensibilities. When you’re faced with an issue ask yourself if the cost of your energy and resources are less than the benefit? The difference will either be a profit or a loss. Are you going to enjoy what you're doing, and more importantly, will the outcome of your efforts be something you are proud of?
Use your past experiences to your advantage
It’s all about instincts here. You can trust your instincts when you're facing something you’ve been through already. It’s also important to learn from your mistakes to strengthen these instincts. Perhaps you’ve seen someone else faced with the issue? Their lessons are useful to you as well. For this reason having a mentor or knowing someone else with experience is an asset worth its weight in gold. However you gain the knowledge you need, remember how you dealt with it. Lean on the approach so you don’t waste time trying to weigh options and possible scenarios again. When you do this, you free up your mind for more important work.
Beware of distractions
It’s hard to focus when your mind is in a thousand directions. For small decisions you’ll probably do fine if you’re juggling competing tasks without taking the time to get “all the facts” in order to make the move. However, for big decisions that can greatly impact your cash flow or long term goals, you have to be able to give a significant amount of attention to the details that will inform your decision. Perhaps it’s an issue that you’ve never faced before? Don’t let the smoke, mirrors, excitement, or peer pressure push you into a situation that you need more time to quietly digest.
Life has a great way of throwing you curveballs. As you meet repeating or similar issues, it will become easier to resolve them and faster to dismiss them from your to-do list if you keep these points in mind. Keep measuring outcomes to your value systems, and goals, and be sure to trust your instincts. Problems are life’s greatest teachers so take the time to learn from them. You’ll be well off and wiser for it.
On to the wine...
A note on Cabernet Sauvignon --
Cabernet Sauvignon has parents. Once upon a time, in a land far way, nature decided that Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc should have a kid (no one knew until 1996). Viola! This luscious and heavy-hitting grape was born. Known for it's high tannins and dark color, "Cabs" also impart flavors of dark fruits like blackberries and black cherries along with vegetal elements such as green peppers. Because red wine is usually aged in oak, Cabs usually have hints of vanilla in the flavor profile as well. The beauty pictured below is from Sequoia Grove in Napa Valley, California. In an area of Napa called Rutherford, prized for its rich soil that contributes to outstanding grape-growing conditions, wines made from this area are said to have that "Rutherford dust" in its aroma. This aroma is better recognized as hints of chocolate or cocoa powder in addition to the usual fruit flavors.