Have you ever experienced a crash and struggled with survival? Surviving a crisis involves making key decisions and solving inherent problems, often under pressure. If you are feeling low, sometimes you may want to put off taking decisions because you can’t see the point of them, but being proactive and motivated is a key way to get back on your feet.
During a crisis, with an ultimate loan, no income and a hostile environment, it is important to keep your head and to use a methodical process for decisions, even if you feel anxious.
It is important to be aware of the major steps that form the decision-making process.
- Assess the Situation: Is the situation a result of a one – off event or an underlying operational hiccup? A few choices are nonexclusive and are best addressed with a predictable standard or guideline, though others are best resolved when they emerge. Having said that, what may have all the earmarks of being a secluded event is regularly a pointer of a conventional issue.
- Define the Issues: You should be able to consider what the issues are. These include understanding who is affected, likely improvements, the timescale involved and sensitive issues, as well as previous, similar circumstances. It is pertinent that you focus on all of the relevant issues: an incomplete analysis is self-indulgent. It is as good as no analysis at all, as it gives a corrupted version of over confidence in the decision-making process. Collate as much information as possible (make sure you read through this blog post), prioritize and eliminate subjects to clarify a few, critical issues.
- Distinctive Definition: Every decision should have a minimum set of goals or rules to comply with, a timescale for completion and a method of execution. Working through these would only amplify your chances to actually make something happen. This will definitely pre-empt you on possible conflicts in executing your plan.
- Making the Decision: Often than not, decisions are characterized by compromise. Particularly when the ideal solution seems unachievable. A distinctive definition of the ideal solution will help you subject your perception to test, and if necessary, ensure that the compromise is done in good faith and with a positive stint. With this, you can shift your focus on what is left to be aced.
- Implementation: Execution is usually a tough one. It is time consuming and critical. You will need to understand required tasks and clearly assign responsibilities to individuals when external parties are involved. You will need to manage resources, so that you will have everything you need to implement your decision.
Utilize your instinct. It is ameliorating to consider choice—making as a discerning, efficient, and ordered process, but the reality is different. It very well may be chaotic. No matter how much planning and preparation takes place, the process is often confusing, fast moving and uncertain. Events are not always clear and the relevant information may not always be ready when you need it, which means that it can be difficult to arrive at an effective decision. The intuitive approach can act as a counterpoint to the rational approach discussed above and can provide the inspiration, insight and instinct that are needed to identify and explore the best options.
To make intuition work, remember that:
- You need to filter your emotions and guide your decision;
- Instincts are valuable forms of unspoken knowledge.
Are you stuck in a crisis? Or you know of someone in such a critical phase, it is pertinent to note that you have to be ready to change and adapt those things that need to improve, while also recognizing and keeping hold of the best of the past. In doing this, several perennial techniques are valuable, notably the ability to display assertive, dynamic leadership that changes and improves interaction with people.
A strategy however brilliant, will fail unless you are emotionally committed to it. You have to sell it to yourself and show dynamic leadership –some deep level of courage.
Too often, people’s day – to – day behaviour actually undermines the ability to survive a crisis. You may be unhappy, concerned, hesitant, or just faced with a choice between death and the deep blue sea.
Several factors can help to avoid this and improve your ability to survive a crisis. First, start with your mind game and attitude. Stay positive and understand the best way forward.
Values are also significant: don’t do things that are contrary to your values. And when you are confronted with alternate plans, do not compromise on values.
Above all, remember that the starting place for surviving a crisis is to understand that the solution lies within you; take action in the most important areas and always work to learn and improve. If that happens, everything else will follow.