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Learning To Think On Your Feet

Certain professions require a certain amount of quick decision making on a daily basis. People like doctors, fire fighters and even stock traders receive extensive training so that they can make capable decisions in a little amount of time.

Even if you don’t face such critical decisions on a daily basis in your job, preparation can make a big difference on the occasion where you need to think on your feet.

How do you think fast on the job? Business experts at Wharton School say your depth of knowledge on a particular subject is the key.

* Know what your primary objective is. If it’s to serve customers, your actions relate to that goal. If you operate a machine or heavy equipment, your primary goal is personal safety, and fast decisions focus on avoiding injuries.

* Use team members effectively. While making a fast decision may be required, it may not have to be instantaneous. Depend on your team. Gather information that others have and consider it before you make a fast decision.

* Check with the experts. A Wall Street trader has to act pretty fast to take advantage of a situation. Before she does, however, she checks with known experts in the field to find out what’s going on with a particular company whose stock is going up or down.

* Prepare ahead for certain crises. Whatever your job, there will come a time when you face one. Think of various crisis scenarios and what you could do.

All of your fast-action decisions may not be the best ones you could make. But if you are prepared, sought counsel, and have done the best you could under the circumstances, you can forgive yourself if you’ve made a less than ideal call.

Power of Negative Thinking

Still skeptical that positive thinking doesn’t work? That’s OK, many people doubt it. But ironically, proof that it does work can be found by looking at negative thinking.

Negative thinking is equally as powerful as its opposite. It can make you sick. It definitely makes you unpleasant to be around. And, it considerably limits what you can achieve.

It’s the notion of a “self-fulfilling prophecy” in action—what we expect turns out to be what we get. Expect negative results and, sure enough, you’ll generate negative results.

Increased stress and lower energy levels are also linked to negative thinking. Studies have demonstrated that negativity weakens your immune system. How many times have you gotten sick during a stressful period in your life?

But why is it that negative thoughts seem to come so much more naturally than positive ones? It’s a habit. We tend to focus on the annoyances and problems in our lives, rather than on everything that’s right. We are bombarded with negative news and told we need to meet impossible ideals. We’ve forgotten the joy of simple pleasures and lack gratitude.

How to switch gears? It takes discipline and practice, but you can control your thought patterns.

Start by eliminating as many of the negative influences around you as possible. An easy one to limit is your intake of the news. You can find out what’s going on in the world without repeated focus on violence and destruction. Then, you want to replace the negative inputs with positive ones.

Read positive materials on a daily basis. Listen to motivational audio tapes or CDs, or to music that inspires or relaxes you. Spend time each day thinking about what you have to be grateful for.

After a couple of weeks of practice, positive thinking should come much more naturally. And I doubt you’ll missing those negative thoughts any more.