Calmness: The Key to Improving Your Decision-Making Skills

Calmness: The Key to Improving Your Decision-Making Skills
by Martin Westwood Aug, 29 2023

Embracing the Stillness Within

Well, between my golden retriever, Bailey's playful energy and my Russian blue cat, Nina's independent poise, living alone in San Francisco provides the perfect backdrop to learn about calmness and decision-making. In my usual style, embellished with intermittent humor, let’s unravel together the profound concept of calmness and how it plays a pivotal role in honing our decision-making abilities. The embrace of tranquility, my friends, is more than merely closing your eyes and taking a deep breath.

The nuances of remaining calm are incredible. It encourages a state of mind that is not easily ruffled by life's uncertainties. And in that state of serenity, you are more likely to make rational decisions, be it in picking where to eat or whether to invest in that new startup. But before we delve any deeper, let me share an amusing story. In our daily walks, Bailey has this habit of chasing anything that moves, from a little bird to a plastic bag flying in the wind. And under normal circumstances, I would run after him, trying to reel him in, resulting in both of us panting and exhausted. One day, instead of chasing him, I decided to stand still, maintaining my calm. Seeing me standing there, Bailey soon lost interest in his chase and returned to my side. Just like that, I realized that calmness could indeed influence our decisions in a positive way.

Finding Harmony in the Chaos

Moving on, let's discuss how to magnetize peace amongst the turmoil. A natural inclination during stressful situations is to react impulsively. That's a predatory survival instinct ingrained in our DNA. But we no longer live in caves and fight off saber-toothed tigers, do we? The modern world demands more planned and well-thought-out decision-making capabilities, and that starts with a calm mind.

Consider this, you're stuck in a San Franciscan traffic jam when you have a crucial meeting lined up. There's honking around, and time is slipping by. Rather than squeezing the horn in frustration or weaving through lanes dangerously, try to accept the situation. remind yourself that no matter how you react, the traffic won't magically disappear. Trying to think about alternative roads or possible means of explaining the situation to your boss or client might turn out to be a more productive use of your time. This kind of inward calm and outward productivity are harmony and chaos in action.

Mastering the Art of Mindful Living

Speaking of chaos, did you ever think of your mind to be like a browser with a hundred tabs open all at once? Well, mine is, sometimes. Or, most of the time, if I must admit. And perspective arises when we start shutting those unnecessary tabs, focusing on one task at a time. Let me present the concept of mindfulness – a term you’ve possibly heard before but might need to rediscover.

Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, immersing completely in the task at hand. When you're eating that scrumptious blueberry muffin, for instance, are you really savoring the taste, the texture, or are you already worrying about your next meeting? When you're present in the moment, your mind is less scattered, paving the way for an unclouded decision-making process. Nina, my Russian blue cat, is a perfect embodiment of this concept. When she's observing a bird outside the window, every fiber of her being is committed to the act. Now, that's some dedication we can learn from our pets!

Unleashing the Power Within Through Meditation

Having established how calmness contributes to better decision-making and how mindfulness can cultivate it, we must ask, "how to further nurture this calmness?". That's when the ancient technique of meditation comes to the rescue. Caution! I am not suggesting you to turn monk and start living in the mountains, though that does sound tempting sometimes, doesn't it? But no, basic meditation techniques can be applied in the comfort of your city and home, even with a frolicking golden retriever around!

Meditation is the act of focusing your mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to enhance mental clarity and emotional stability. And no, you don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor, that's optional. You can meditate while sitting in a chair, lying down, or even while walking. The goal is to quiet your mind, clear any chaotic thoughts, and emerge calmer and more focused.

To conclude, it's clear that calmness can significantly enhance decision-making skills, and it's high time we start respecting and incorporating it in our hectic life. Whether it's through learning patience from a frustrating traffic jam, practicing mindfulness while enjoying a muffin, or scheduling some quiet meditation time in-between work, every little effort contributes to achieving inner peace and improved decision-making. Remember, your peace is in your control. And now, if you would excuse me, Bailey is tugging at the leash for his walk, and Nina is waiting for her evening gaze out the window.