Decision making can be conscious or sub-conscious. How many of your responses are automatic, and how many are objective?
We have had experience in helping leaders and organisations become aware of their habits, their triggers and their responses in order to choose the best response to achieve a positive outcome, rather than revert to 'what has worked before' which, although easier, may not result in the desired outcome given a different context. The good news is that our brains are designed to create new behaviours. We are actually rewarded for it through the release of dopamine.
The first step is self-awareness. How aware are you, and how ready are you to retrain your brain and take control of your decision making?
Learning to recognize mental and physical signals to emotions play a major role in shifting mental habits. Do you grind your teeth or tap your pen on the table when meetings get derailed? Practice noticing your responses to triggers. Use them as guides to shifting your internal dialogue to a more neutral place. “I’m doing it again. Let me put my pen down, loosen my jaw and count to five. Then I can gently remind the team that we need to stick to the agenda.” The more you become aware of thoughts, feelings and physical reactions to triggers, the more opportunities you have to practice behavior change