DecisionClarity in a Chaotic Market

Maintaining peace of mind in today’s economic environment is tough enough but deciding when and how to act is a real challenge. It is important to know yourself and your likely response when faced with a crisis. I have observed a number of different reactions when people are challenged in this way. Some will want to endlessly process what is going on with friends, business colleagues and financial advisers. Your financial adviser shudders when he sees your name on call display. Others react like a deer trapped in the headlights and unable to decide to do anything. You shudder when your financial adviser calls you for a decision. Another group will become obsessed with getting more and more information before they make the decision. In these type of changing conditions it is almost impossible for you to ever feel satisfied that you have the appropriate data. Both you and your financial adviser shudder when you think of talking to each other. There is a final group whose lives feel totally impacted by the chaos in the market because the order they require to make decisions has evaporated. You won’t pick up the phone when your financial adviser calls. And many of you will have had some or all of these reactions at one time or another. It is important before making decisions is to be aware of the different influences driving you. So take some time.
First I recommend that you explore any decision you are going to make on three levels. Start this process in the evening. Take a sheet of paper draw a line down the centre and create two columns one for the positives and the other for the negatives. First take a look at the rational factors influencing your decision. This is where you review all the facts at your disposal. Secondly look at what your feelings are saying and identify the supporting feelings versus the negative ones. Thirdly take a look at how much fear is driving the decision or the indecision. Don’t judge it but try to assess your conflict. I call this “the battleground of thoughts and feelings.” It is why certain decisions become so challenging and why the mind can behave like a dog chasing its own tail. Then it is time to set your intention and go to bed. This is as simple as asking your deeper self or your sub-conscious to show you the way. Affirm this over and over again as you go to sleep. Then when you get up sit quietly and assess where you are. Pay attention to any dreams or synchronicities. Then trust yourself and let go of the dilemma. Co-incidentally a study was done recently at the University of Amsterdam demonstrating that when two groups of students were faced with complex problems, the group who were given the opportunity to sleep before offering a solution presented superior answers than the group who had to resolve it the same day. There is scientific basis for trusting the adage “sleep on it” before making up your mind.

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