Have you ever slowed down from your busy life or just switched off completely and asked yourself why we make the decisions we make? You probably haven’t. Most people never stop making quick snappy decisions about everything in life, before ending up at a specific point and wondering how they got to this position in the first place. The answer lies in the small, seemingly insignificant decisions that we make every day about everything we do.

To go to the gym or not to go to the gym. To take the lift of the stairs. To implement a specific technology within your business or another technology. To complete the work in-house or use an external company to support you. To continue doing what you’ve always done or to stop and think differently. Choices. Choices with consequences in one way or another.

It is not a mindful choice when you are running around like a headless chicken all day, firefighting in everything you are doing within your organisation and demanding things just need to get done. People, human beings, you, need space and time to think creatively, plan thoroughly, research the plethora of options available and implement solutions to an extremely high standard.

In my time in business it has always somewhat baffled me why business owners, managers at all levels from mid to senior to C-level rarely take the time to really assess a situation. Always trying to have the upper hand, people always ask, “So, what can you do for me” as they critically judge every word you say from this point forward. This is not a positive environment to start and not an environment in which highly dynamic teams work.

Instead, start to think and behave differently in every aspect of your life. Start to open yourself up to those around you who can help and listen. Remember when your mother told you that you have two ears and one mouth for a reason, use them in that proportion. Start to tell people the stories about what you want to achieve, what you are struggling with. And you know what, you will be surprised just how much help will genuinely come your way to help you on your journey towards your goals.

Whether you are reading this on a personal level or wondering how you can apply these principles in your working life to make better, more informed decisions about everything. The first step is to stop, take a deep breath, listen and think creatively. Never judge a situation based on your own preconceived ideas.