‘Everything that happens in your life – both what you are thrilled with and what you are challenged by- begins with a decision.’ –Anthony Robins
Decision Making Coaching Model:
This model involves 5 main elements that can be broken down into sub steps, 7 in total that will help you to form and implement a decision:
Prepare your decision:
- Frame your decision, become clear of your values and how they impact your decision. Specify the type of the decision you face and what kind of decision maker you are. Become aware of and control of how much time you have in order to make your decision. Gather information, research, resources available for help.
- Visualize your decision. Form the big picture. What will be different once the decision is manifested? What do you need to let go and what do you need to embrace in order to make and manifest your decision?
Plan your decision: Become aware of how much time you have. Gather information, research, outline your action steps, resources available for help, form an action plan, work on your existing strengths (which act as motivators- supporters), come out with a must have list. Reframe any disempowering beliefs likely to hold you back. List a few things that might go wrong and ponder over a few proactive solutions.
Implement your decision: putting action steps in place. Create options and possibilities and estimate the best upside and the worst potential downside. Celebrate milestones – indicators of success. Managing confusion and addressing emotional states. Check for congruence (finding out from your past your unique way of knowing when you have made a wholehearted or a congruent decision and also find out how you know when you are not sure if something is right). Create alternative options and possibilities just in case, after an appropriate period, the decision is not working out.
Communicate your decision: Deal with people issues (family, significant others, people from work). Communicate- Clarify your intent. Influence others (who might help you implement your decision).
Leverage your decision: Specify the importance of the decision and the cost of making this decision.Become aware of what you want to get out of this decision. Deal with the buyer’s remorse: know the difference between healthy grief that comes out of making a good decision and the negative sense of making a poor decision. If it’s an opportunity get to know what you take advantage of it. If it’s a problem get to know precisely what it is and how you are going to solve it.
These elements are not necessarily implemented sequentially. They work together to help you being congruent with your decisions.
Steinhouse, R. Brilliant decision making.