Mastering Decision-Making: A Practical Guide With Dr Sharon McLaughlin

The Power of Peacefulness and Stress Relief With Dr Sharon McLaughlin

Jan 27 2024 • 6 mins

  • In this episode, we delve into the challenges of decision-making and explore practical strategies to enhance this crucial skill.

Personality Test - Understanding Yourself:

  • Start with a personality test like the Colby to gain insights into your analytical thinking and unique interpretation of situations.
  • Acknowledge that everyone has distinct personalities and past experiences, influencing decision-making processes.

Processing Decisions:

  • Emphasize the importance of processing decisions, considering potential repercussions.
  • Encourage making decisions based on current information for the best possible results.

Strategies and Consequences:

  • Discuss the significance of playing out potential strategies and considering hidden consequences.
  • Urge listeners to reflect on past decisions, identifying cues they may have missed.

Emotional Intelligence and Responsiveness:

  • Highlight the role of emotional intelligence in decision-making.
  • Caution against playing the victim; instead, focus on learning and taking responsibility.

Questioning and Seeking Truth:

  • Advocate asking questions without fear, emphasizing that there are no stupid questions.
  • Emphasize the importance of seeking the truth to extract valuable information.

Curiosity and Problem-Solving:

  • Encourage approaching problems with curiosity to remain open-minded.
  • Emphasize that curiosity reduces the likelihood of making bad decisions.

Preventing Problems and Return on Investment:

  • Discuss the benefits of preventive measures over reactive solutions.
  • Introduce the concept of assessing the investment in terms of time, money, and energy and determining the return on investment.

Negotiation Skills and Win-Win Situations:

  • Suggest honing negotiation skills for better outcomes.
  • Encourage creating win-win situations, even in cases where immediate gains might not be apparent.

Multiple Solutions for Better Decisions:

  • Advise against rushing decisions and recommend thinking of three alternative solutions.
  • Stress that having multiple choices leads to better decision-making.

Problem-Solving Breakdown:

  • Suggest breaking down big problems into manageable steps for clarity.
  • Use a bird's eye view approach to understand how components interact for optimal results.

Investigate, List, Implement - A Three-Step Process:

  • Summarize the decision-making process: Investigate the problem, list potential solutions, and finally, implement the chosen solution.
  • Emphasize the importance of understanding the root cause and the impact of decisions.


  • Conclude by reassuring listeners that they can improve decision-making skills.
  • Encourage learning, asking questions, and taking action.

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