Train Your Brain To Take Better Decisions

Success follows with overcoming obstacles and taking important decisions in the face of adversity. Good decision making skills are mandatory to become an entrepreneur. The ability to tackle stress and engage with difficulties in a positive and empowering manner changes numerous dire circumstances into favorable situations. A recent study suggests that sound decision making is more significant than physical health, networking, socio-economic background or IQ.

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Stressful circumstances lead to two kinds of responds from the brain – fight or flight, depending on the memory of past circumstances. For example, if I have given a bad presentation before, the next time I might experience a stress induced flight response, when faced with the same scenario. This response type, if not improved upon, can lead to one becoming a poor decision maker. We cannot become effective leaders if we are not equipped with healthy risk taking positive decision making skills. The good news is, with constant honing and training of the brain to take better decisions, it gets better.

The importance of subconscious mind is primal as it manifests itself in our lives. Every enterprise which has tasted much success had begun simply as an idea. As professionals, the responsibility is ours to train our minds and equip ourselves with the ability of the innovators.

Auto-suggestions

Autosuggestion is nothing but a way of influencing one’s subconscious and channelizing ourselves in a way that we can take control of our own decision making each time. However, one might be wonder how to achieve this state of mind.

Of course, it will be a difficult task to change one’s mind constantly. It is imperative that rigorous practice has to be done for one to achieve the autosuggestion mode. 10 minutes can be saved every day to power the mind. For example, if money is a concern, then 10 minutes should be saved visualizing that all money related problems have been over with and that it is no more a concern. Positive emotions around visualization need to be constantly practiced till it becomes a conscience of the mind. Believing that, one day I will have what I am visualizing, will make me a more confident person. This psychological manipulation, if repeated constantly, can render some wonder results. If the exercise is repeated daily, will change one’s gut reaction and consequently approach, towards problems. The subconscious mind has been changed by autosuggestion which has led the brain to think differently and positively. Psychologists believe that practicing autosuggestion is a great way to become a better decision maker.

The only way to success is to not worry about what others are doing

All of us live in the same world but reside amidst different circumstances and realities. We have grown up and our thought process has been shaped by what we have seen, heard, felt and believed and we have been living in that reality all along. How we perceive circumstances can bring about a huge change in our lives. The cycle of perceiving the circumstances and judging them is what sets apart the good decision makers from the not so good ones.

Neuroplasticity

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For a long time, it was believed that human brain, once it had developed, remained unchanged and could not be moulded for the rest of it’s life. However, scientists found out that numerous parts in the brain could be molded and changed even after adulthood. The concept of neuroplasticity gained prominence over the second half of the 20th century and much research is still being conducted in this field to gain a widespread understanding.

Based on my experiences, I have listed down a few ways in which the brain can be trained to make better decisions.

  1. Meditation

The concept of meditation has been around for centuries and has been deemed as a powerful method to strengthen one’s mind and become a better decision maker. Unless one practices meditation, one will not be able to understand the power meditation manifests. It has been established that if meditation is practiced over a long period of time, it had the ability to modify the neurons in one’s brain. It makes one capable to making better decisions.

  1. Create awareness around emotions

It will be tedious for one to bring about positive changes if one is not able to recognize what one exactly wants to change. The easiest way is to train oneself to be aware and watch out for feelings of fear, anxiety, helplessness and nervousness. It is imperative to train one’s mind to detect whenever these emotions are experienced and to ask oneself, ‘What thoughts of mine are making me feel this way?’ Creating awareness and gaining due control over one’s emotions can keep them away from influencing the decision making process, which often gets influenced and flawed by such feelings.

  1. Seek assistance from technology

There is hardly any attribute which has not been positively influenced by technology. Similarly, in the field of psychology, technology has rendered much development by devising tools which can help individuals train their brains to become better decision makers. Lumosity is one such online tool which assists to in training your brain to make it more decision making ready. It improves your executive function, intelligence and memory and given you better control over temporary emotions.

  1. Solve puzzles

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One could consider solving puzzles, suduko and take psychometric tests to seek stability of the mind. Numerous companies hire individuals after assessing their analytical skills to ensure that their problem solving skills are satisfactory and that they can be groomed to become better decision makers in the future. I personally believe that this way is one of the easiest and an extremely effective way of honing one’s decision making skills.

 

It is a common saying that hard work beats talent. Therefore, taking better decisions is not an attribute people are born with. One can become a better decision maker with constant practice and self awareness. The only huddle which needs to overcome is the desire to become a good decision maker and make positive changes in life.