Split-Second Decisions: 5 Secrets That Will Make You More Successful

Split-Second Decisions: 5 Secrets That Will Make You More Successful

imagesCAPNHHGUMaking precise, articulate split-second decisions is one of life’s most important learnable skills ~ John R. Salkowski

When you hear about making split-second decisions who and what comes to mind? When ask this question, the answer I always hear is Police Officers have to make these types of decisions. The scenario I always get is “when to shoot or not to shoot”. Yes, this is true however making split-second decisions applies to everyone from all walks of life.

The skill that everyone must master is how to think on your feet regardless of whether it’s a life or death situation. Making precise split-second decisions is a skill that is learnable and if you want success in your life than you must master this skill.

Making precise decisions is a huge part of life and learning to ask the right questions in preparation for these scenarios is among the top ten life skills we must learn. We base most of our decisions in life on the answers we receive. This is because thinking people like to make informed choices. We like to weigh the information we gather so we can choose the best option. However, this is not always possible. There will be times that we need to make a decision in a blink of an eye.

Since leaving my police career some 7 years ago and entering the entrepreneurial world, these split-second decisions apply to this world just as much as the police world. The one thing I have learned is that decisive people, people that can think on their feet and make precise, articulate, accurate decisions are far more successful than those that cannot. If you ever studied the DISC Personality Assessment majority of the most successful people in the world are of the “D” and “I” personalities. Now of course there are exceptions such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who have high “C” personalities. To learn more about the DISC Personality Assessment go to http://www.discprofile.com/whatisdisc.htm

Here are 5 Split-Second Decision Secrets That Will Make You More Successful:

1) Create an Urgency of Readiness: When I think of readiness, I think of a gazelle that’s always on the lookout, excited and eager for that next attack. Readiness is that anticipation to engage and the willingness to make tough decisions on a continuous basis.

2) Use Your Unique Aptitude: Be aware of your surroundings at all times or as I like to call it situational awareness. Situational awareness is often studied in the context of leadership and roles involving time-critical applications.

3) Utilize Your Life Experiences: Put into practice what you have experienced throughout your life. We learn more from our failings than we do from our winnings. Put these experiences to use when making difficult decisions.

4) Adapt to The Environment: Immediately identify with the situation. Once the patterns are identified, analyze the data to identify the questions that must be answered in order to make the best decision.

5) Take Immediate Action: Now is the time to play out the decision and immediately engage with the information you have. Always, always maintain your situational awareness.

In order to dramatically increase the probability of your success, you must have the fortitude and willingness to make tough precise decisions quickly by implementing these 5 split-second decision secrets.

If you want long lasting success in your life, you must make powerful change during the make-it-or-break-it moments which come down to the split-second decisions you make ~ John R. Salkowski

About the Author, John R. Salkowski

He is a retired Police Officer after an impressive 15 year career who is now a Highly Sought-After Leadership and Motivational Speaker and Trainer. He has wowed audiences ranging from 20-20,000 sharing his unique Leadership strategies in his signature presentation:

Leadership in the Line of Duty™
Split-Second Decision Secrets Revealed that All Top-Performers and Self-Made Millionaires Want to Know ™

He regularly speaks for a variety of leaders (ranging from entry level to experienced executives) for corporations, business groups, associations, colleges, universities, youth groups and sports organizations. Pulling from his 15 years of real world, in-the-trenches (and even life and death) Law Enforcement experiences, he now teaches leaders one of the most important key components of leadership (that is often overlooked):

“How to make Split-Second Leadership Decisions when the Direction and Success of your Organization depends on it!”

He has received numerous distinguished awards for Bravery, Merit and Unit Citations. He has also received media attention for serving as a leader within his community, including being featured in the Philadelphia Magazine as one of the area’s Top Business Leaders.

Any organization that wants to develop their people into becoming “Extraordinary Leaders” needs to hire John for a keynote and/or workshop training.

To request John speak at your next event, please email his office at John@JohnSalkowski.com

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