How Choosing A Bike Revolutionises How You Make Decisions
Updated: Sep 13, 2020
Your Two Step Plan To Making Better Decisions
Imagine you want to go riding.
You say to the bike shop
“I want a bike.”
What are the chances you’ll get your dream bike — you know, the one with the 700c gold-plated forest-tested designer wheels?
Correct. Pretty slim.
And here’s the thing…
The reason you’re struggling to make decisions is because you’re like the bike shop designing your bike without first asking you what you want.
Let me explain.
The way you’ve made decisions — about which workout program to use, your holiday home, even your supermarket shopping — have been based on minute details.
And the problem with this is you end up taking forever to make a decision. When you finally do make one, you either regret it or end up choosing something else.
All this does is slows you down from the important things. Like getting more money to spend on holiday, or working out.
So, what should you do instead?
You need to focus on the wider strategy.
And you can do this by following a two step plan I’m about to share with you.
It’s the same process a shop assistant uses to build your perfect bike…
So, here it is.
Step 1: Asking “Why?”
The first question the shop assistant starts with is
“What do you need the bike for?”
They do this so they can identify if you actually need a bike (the problem) and then the most practical bike for you (the solution). It’s pointless giving you a mountain bike if you only ride on flat roads.
Essentially, they are asking the “Why?” behind your decision.
When you’re making your own decision, you need to identify your own “Why?” so you know what problem you’re trying to solve.
You do this by asking yourself “Why” before making a decision.
Ask it at least twice before you make a decision, as the first answer is normally not the real reason you’re doing something.
“Why am I working out?”
“Because I want to lose weight.”
“Why do I want to lose weight?”
“Because I want to live to see my son get married.”
Asking “Why?” twice will help you identify the real reason you’re doing something.
Now that you’ve identified your “Why?”, you’re ready to move onto Step 2.
Step 2: Asking “What’s the most essential thing I need to make a decision today?”
You’ve got your “Why?”, now you need to identify the most essential thing you need to make a decision.
To work this out, answer this question:
“If I took it away, would I still be able to do X?”
You need to do this for all the things you think are essential.
Here’s an example to show this in practice…
Let’s say you’re choosing where to stay on holiday because you can’t sleep on the street (your “Why?”). Ask yourself:
“What’s the most essential thing I need to make the decision?”
Well, you need a place to stay, so this would be the house or villa.
Then ask, “If I took the house away, would I still have a place to stay?”
The answer is “no”.
So you’ve identified the most essential thing.
The next most essential thing is the number of beds. If you’re 2 couples, you need two beds.
Do the same for the number of bedrooms, then budget and location.
You’ll realise that not everything you’ve identified is required to make your decision.
The distance of the nearest grocery shop is not essential to your decision on where to stay.
Sure, it can be a factor when deciding between two houses, but it’s not essential. You can always take an Uber if it’s a little out of the way.
And that’s it.
Your 2 step plan to making better decisions.
The key to being successful with making quicker decisions is to ask yourself if it’s really essential.
You’ll be surprised at how many things are not essential.
Now tell me…
What are you currently struggling to make a decision about?
Let me know in the comments section below.
Also, if you want to know how to choose your own workout program, I wrote a separate article about the very topic — you can read all about it here.