The Decision Dilemma: Unlearning Impulsivity & Overthinking

Making decisions in your business can be stressful, and most of us tend to rely on the same decision-making habits we've had for a long time. In this insightful solo episode, I discuss two common decision-making defaults that can lead to failure and regret. But don't worry, I also offer practical strategies to help you shift your decision-making patterns in order to make more conscious and intentional choices. 

Whether you lean towards impulsivity or overthinking, I’ve got you covered with actionable tips and techniques.  Discover how to make decisions that stand the test of time and allow you to trust yourself in running your business. 

If you’re new to The Driven Woman Entrepreneur Podcast,  let me introduce myself:  I’m Diann Wingert, a business coach and psychotherapist with a background in ADHD and productivity, I bring a unique blend of expertise to her work. Through this podcast and my signature coaching programs, I empower driven women to overcome mindset barriers and make impactful decisions in their businesses.

 

Key takeaways:

1️⃣ Recognize your decision-making default: Are you more prone to impulsivity or overthinking? Understanding your default style can help you make conscious, intentional choices.

2️⃣ Pause button strategy: Avoid making decisions on impulse by implementing a stall tactic. Take the time to think and consider the options before committing.

3️⃣ Decision partners: Seek the input of others who may provide a different perspective. Having a trusted second opinion can help you avoid the pitfalls of both impulsivity and overthinking.

 

Mic Drop Moment: 

"Overthinkers will tell themselves ‘I'm going to take action once I have researched every possible option for the decision in front of me, I have compared the relative advantages and disadvantages of every single option before me, and I have reached a conclusion on which one is the better choice?’  Now obviously this is extremely time-consuming and exhausting. It can also be demoralizing because it reinforces our belief that we don't know what we're doing, and that we can't trust ourselves."   

 

Is your default decision-making style interfering with your success? Take my "What's Holding You Back?" quiz, which can help you uncover the decision-making defaults that might be hindering your progress. 

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My signature program, The Boss Up Breakthrough can help you right-size your business so that you can avoid burnout, establish sustainable boundaries, and uncover the profit potential in your coaching or consulting business. 

We work together for 3 months to clarify what’s working, what isn’t, and where you can create more realistic systems, so you can start loving your business again.  At this time,  I am only accepting 1:1 clients and the first step is to schedule a free 30-minute consultation right here:  https://bit.ly/3qrJ9YQ

 

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Putting Insight into action: 

  1. Have you ever experienced stress or anxiety when making decisions in your business? How do you typically approach decision-making?
  2. Do you resonate more with the impulsive decision-making default or the overthinking default? How have these decision-making styles affected your business and life?
  3. What strategies or techniques have you tried to manage impulsive decision-making? Have they been successful for you? How could you incorporate the "Pause Button Strategy" or the "2 Heads Strategy" into your decision-making process?
  4. How do you feel about taking risks in your business? Do you tend to see yourself as a risk-taker or do you prefer to avoid making mistakes?
  5. What role does fear play in your decision-making process? How do you manage fear and embrace risk?
  6. Have you ever fallen into the trap of looking for a "magic pill" solution to your business challenges? How has this mindset affected your decision-making and overall success?
  7. How do perfectionism, procrastination, and people-pleasing impact your decision-making? How can you break free from these habits and take more decisive action?
  8. How much time do you typically spend researching and gathering information before making a decision? Is there a point where you feel you overcomplicate the process?
  9. Can you think of a recent business decision where taking a pause or seeking a second opinion would have been beneficial? How might the outcome have been different?
  10. How do you view mistakes and failure in your business journey? Are you able to learn from your mistakes and move forward? How can you cultivate a mindset of learning and growth in your decision-making process?
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