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Boost your decision-making power

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Use this advice to train yourself to become a more disciplined decision maker:

Keep it in perspective. You’ll have small, medium and large decisions. Don’t stress over the small ones, and have fun with them instead because you don’t have much to lose. Save your energy for the major ones that could affect you for months or years to come.

Don’t sabotage yourself. If you’re rushed, angry, hurt, or even tired, you’re more apt to make the wrong decision. If you aren’t in the right state of mind, “sleep on it,” if possible. Or at least take a few minutes to clear your head and collect more information.

Fail fast and move on. When you make a bad decision, accept it and quickly move into recovery. Work on solutions, resolve any lingering issues or even start over. Just don’t dwell on your mistake or you could kill your confidence.

—Adapted from “How Successful People Make Decisions Differently,” Stephanie Vozza, FastCompany, www.fastcompany.com.

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