6 Clever Tips to be More Decisive

Posted by michaelcassar on September 2, 2018

Making decisions can be hard work. Studies show that making decisions is quite draining. In fact, there’s a limit to the number of decisions we can comfortably make each day. Many of us get stuck when it comes to making big decisions and this lost time can never be regained. There’s an advantage to being decisive.

Those that struggle with life tend to make decisions slowly and change their mind often. Successful people make decisions quicker and stick with them. If you can be more decisive, it’s likely your life will improve.

Make decisions quickly and confidently with these strategies:

  1. Understand why you’re hesitating. When you’re stuck, there’s a reason. Figure out what that reason is and you can move forward again. Are you afraid of failing? Making a decision you can’t undo? What’s stopping you from pulling the trigger on your decision and charging full-speed ahead?
  2. Know your values. Decisions are easier when you know what’s important to you. Having a firm grasp of your values makes many decisions obvious. If you don’t know who you are or what’s meaningful to you, decisions can be tricky.
    • If you need to clarify your values, write them down and put them in order. Now see if your decision is easier to make.
  3. Set a time limit. Stalling rarely results in a better decision. It only wastes valuable time. When you can’t choose between two or three options, it means that they’re equally as good. It would be better to pick one and get busy. Give yourself a day or two to make up your mind and then charge ahead.
    • A poor decision is often better than no decision at all. If you’ve given your situation any thought, it’s unlikely you’re even considering a poor decision.
  4. Make fewer decisions. There’s a reason that many CEOs and even a few presidents choose to wear the same thing each day. It cuts down on the number of decisions they have to make. You can only make so many decisions before your decision-making apparatus becomes fatigued.
    • Do the simple things the same way each day, such as eating breakfast. Save your energy for the things that matter. Create as many habits as you can to free up your mind for those important decisions.
  5. Avoid trying to make the perfect choice. Every option you have available to you has advantages and disadvantages. You’ll never find the perfect option, so avoid wasting your time and energy finding a solution that doesn’t exist. Narrow your options as best you can and then pick something.
  6. Be clear on what you want to accomplish. What are you hoping to accomplish with your decision? Imagine you are trying to decide between two vacation destinations for your family. Both sound good, but which is the best? That depends on what matters to you.
    • Is it important to save money?
    • Take your kids to the beach for the first time?
    • Go someplace educational or historical?
    • Stay close to home?
    • Sleep in a tent?
    • Think about what you want to accomplish with your decision and the best option will be more apparent.

Do you struggle with the big decisions in life? If so, you’re not alone. Decisions can seem so complicated, but the act of making a decision is often more important than the actual option chosen.

Know yourself and your desired outcome. Narrow your options and make a decision. Then, forge confidently ahead based on whatever decision you’ve made.

The Secret to Expanding Your Role at Work

Posted by michaelcassar on August 10, 2018
Maybe you like your job, but you still feel like something is missing. You want a new challenge, or you wonder what you need to do to advance your career.
Those concerns are natural, and they’re pointing you in a positive direction. However much you excel at your job, the truth is you’ll probably need to do something more if you want a promotion or a significant raise.
That’s where expanding your role at work comes in. These ideas can help you to position yourself for a brighter future.

Steps to Take Yourself:

  1. Free up your time. If you’re already working overtime to take care of your current duties, carve out some hours to develop your career. Start your day with a detailed plan and learn to delegate.
  2. Analyze your strengths. Understand what you’re good at and what you like to do. Observe your own behavior and ask others for input.
  3. Strategize. Clarifying your goals shows you where to focus your efforts and how to measure success. Spend time thinking about what you want to do, as well as how to do it.
  4. Continue learning. Adding to your knowledge and skills makes you a more valuable employee. Sign up for training courses at work and read the major publications for your industry.
  5. Take on a project. If your options at work seem limited, you may be able to add to your qualifications by freelancing or creating a personal project. Choose activities that align with your goals.
  6. Volunteer in your community. Develop your potential while you support a worthy cause. Reach out to a charity you care about and offer to provide IT support or copywriting.
  7. Be proactive. Do you think about managing your career only when you’re searching for a job? Setting personal goals on a consistent basis will give you more structure and motivation.
  8. Have fun. While professional success requires hard work, you’ll accomplish more if you keep your life in balance. Spend time with family and friends, take care of your health, and try to see the humor in difficult situations.

Steps to Take With Your Manager and Coworkers:

  1. Consult your Manager. It’s easier to expand your role if your emplyer is on board. Ask them for a meeting to discuss your future and possible next steps. Show your appreciation if they’re willing to coach you and advocate for you. If not, you may want to consider moving on.
  2. Focus on impact. Let your colleagues know how they’ll benefit from your ideas. Maybe you can help your employer gain a new client or take over a task that a coworker wants to hand off.
  3. Start small. Pulling off a minor victory may give your boss more confidence in your abilities. Demonstrate your management skills by organizing the company picnic or simplifying the office recycling program.
  4. Present a proposal. When you have something valuable you want to add on to your job, write up a brief proposal for your boss. The process will help you to think through your plans and evaluate the final results.
  5. Maintain your performance. You’ll naturally receive more support if you keep up with your current responsibilities, especially if others are depending on you. Continue being productive in your current role while you’re exploring new spheres.
Whatever your job description says, there are ways to take on more responsibility at work or find opportunities in other areas that will strengthen your professional brand. When you’re willing to move out of your comfort zone, you can develop your career and discover what kind of work will be fulfilling for you.

 

Lessons I Learned from Paris Hilton

Posted by michaelcassar on March 20, 2018

Today we’ll talk about shameless self-promotion. That’s right, I said it! Shameless! After all, we are learning from Paris Hilton here.

It’s all about self-promotion! Self-promotion comes in many forms and you can use different tactics to get your name out there. Look at politicians! Talk about self-promotion and in some not so discreet ways, at that. But, seriously, consider some of the major superstars we all know. Madonna, Donald Trump, Howard Stern and Bill Clinton, just to name a few.

We all self promote. Did you raise your hand in class to show the teacher you knew the answer? Of course! That’s self-promotion. This is the kind of self-promotion we are talking about. With dignity, class and the knowledge to back it up. If you self-promote only to prove you don’t really know what you’re talking about, you’re going to lose business.

Natural self-promoters are the former and I want to tell you about the three major traits they have and use to build themselves and their businesses.

  1. The first is position. You need to position yourself around people who can make a difference in your life. You need to do this frequently. You need to wake up every morning and ask yourself “Who can I meet today who will make a difference in my success?” In fact, go a step further, write it in big, bold letters and tape it on your bathroom mirror.

Also consider:

Who can help me meet my goals?

Is it a prospective customer/client? A colleague with contacts? An association with key members who may become prospects?

Don’t settle into interacting with the people who are the easiest to access. You need to reach outside your comfort zone and there you will find a wealth of new connections that will bring you great success.

  1. Now, let’s talk about Style. No, this doesn’t mean you need an Armani suit to bring in more business (though, let’s be honest-it wouldn’t hurt) J What this really means is how are you different from your competitors and others in your industry. What makes you memorable with customers?

If you are meeting a lot of people and they don’t remember you once you leave the room, you have a serious problem! This means you have an opportunity to present yourself in a more memorable way.

There are lots of little subtle changes you can make. Reassess your:

  • Business cards
  • Company message
  • Your picture
  • Your wording

Maybe even, your hairstyle (of course, now we’re back to the expensive suit, but it really works!)

You get the idea. There are lots of little ways you can work on making your image and business more successful. Also, consider how you sound on the phone and how you greet people at meetings or other events. Think about your 30-sec elevator speech.

  1. The third trait of natural promoters is repetition. You can’t say it once and leave it at that. Successful self-promoters say it as many times as they need until they get a response. Would you remember a commercial for Coca-Cola if you only saw it once, no! You see it over and over and eventually you head out to the store.

You, also, have to make multiple impressions on those you are networking with in order to build brand awareness. Repetition is in direct connection with positioning. Once you find people to network with, reach out and find hundreds more who can help in your success as well.