We recently asked Melanie Wood, founder of Speaking Styles to share her thoughts on better decision making.
Melanie is passionate about helping people to be come pro communicators to empower and inspire change. She has delivered public speaking, storytelling and soft skills training both here in Australia and abroad, and has extensive experience working with individuals passionate for growth through her coaching programs.
What is your favourite, or most used, inspirational quote?
“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” Paul J. Meyer
What does great decision making look and feel like for you?
Being able to make decisions without over analysing the decision and outcome. Empowering myself to do so.
When was a time you were at your decision making best?
Just recently in my move to Brisbane, was the best decision to really step out and become who I want to become, to surrender to the unknown and predictability of my life before I moved. It’s a work in progress each day to be conscious in my decision making in the now, rather than from past experiences.
Who inspires you? Why?
The things that inspire me are common people doing the uncommon, people healing themselves, people overcoming challenges and obstacles in the face of darkness. I find this inspirational to how we all have an opportunity to change our lives at any stage and with any circumstance. It blows my mind to what is truly possible!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a better decision maker?
Keep it simple and look within for the answers, take 5 minutes to have quiet time and space with just yourself and breathe. Allow whatever thoughts and feelings come to mind to look for the answers.
What are you reading/watching at the moment?
Dr Joe Dispenza, Becoming Supernatural. Book.
What is the most effective strategy you use for keeping your Ape (your emotional reactive state) in check?
I keep to my daily routine of getting up each day at 5.30am to meditate, exercise, journal (create my day/life) and mentally rehearse my intentions for my day and future. This sets me up for the day. Throughout the day I work at keeping myself in the conscious now, with breathing, keeping a check on my thoughts. If and when emotional states appear, I write them down and look for why this has occurred and how I can use it in my next meditation to move that energy. Before going to bed at night I repeat parts of my morning routine to go to bed with the future I want to create for myself in mind.
What type of decision maker are you?
I am a Perfecting Implementer. I make decisions based on standards and implement to learn skills and get the job done. I am learning to strive to be better each day rather than striving for perfection on everything.