My #1 Mindset for Making Decisions in My Business (+ bye for now!)

August 10, 2021
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Every business owner has experienced decision fatigue at some point in their entrepreneur journey. It can easily lead to burnout and wasted time if you don’t adopt healthy mindsets and routines. In this episode, Emily shares one of her favorite methods for preventing decision fatigue, and how she uses it to make business choices more easily and deliberately. She explains the benefits of taking the pressure off of decision-making, and announces an upcoming change that’s underway because of this helpful mindset.

If you’re a boss or business owner, you’ve likely heard of (and definitely dealt with) decision fatigue. Decision fatigue is a term used to describe the exhaustion that comes at the end of a long period of time spent making tough choices. It takes mental energy to consider various options, plan ahead, and compare potential outcomes. So how can creative entrepreneurs learn to manage their mindset to avoid this fatigue?

How You Can Prevent Decision Fatigue

According to studies, the average person makes up to 35,000 decisions per day. Anyone in a high-level job or leadership position is likely to make twice that many decisions per day, and often these choices also affect other employees.

With so many choices to make, it can become overwhelming. Big decisions feel serious; small decisions feel empty of our energy. How in the world, as business owners, are we supposed to handle all this decision-making?

The “Test and Change” Mindset

Emily’s number one method to make better decisions is something she calls the Test and Change Mindset. What this essentially means is that you make decisions keeping in mind that you can always test it out and then change. Decisions aren’t all permanent. You’re allowed to change your mind and make different choices if the initial decision doesn’t work out the first time.

Using the Test and Change Mindset helps you:

  • Remember that no decision in business has to be final
  • Apply ease toward small and large decisions
  • Prevent overwhelm and decision fatigue
  • Make the most out of decisions you choose in the moment
  • Gives you the freedom and ability to have fun in business
  • Navigate personal life more easily
  • Relieves you of pressure

When we are confronted with decisions, we often forget we are allowed to change our minds after we test, measure, and evaluate previous ones. It helps take the pressure off making a choice. Then, the more you practice decision-making, the more you’ll be able to make ones that are informed, more mindful of better potential outcomes, and overall result in better decisions.

Why is “Test and Change” Important Now?

Speaking of this Test and Change mindset, Emily is putting it into practice for this 10 Minutes of Being Boss show for the time being. The YouTube channel will be put on a brief pause for several weeks. But don’t worry— it’ll be back after a period of much-needed Test and Change!

Sometimes, in business or in life, a temporary reevaluation is necessary. Coming back from this type of change process, the required upgrades get made behind the scenes.

Stay tuned and make sure to subscribe to the Being Boss YouTube channel so you can see this very mindset put into place in the upcoming episodes.

Do the work. Test and change. Be boss.


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Emily Thompson: [00:00:00] Owning a business and being the boss of your work in life, it means that you are responsible for making a lot of decisions. Decision making is something that I talk about a lot at Being Boss I have for years. And I imagine that I will continue doing so for years. And in fact, a couple of months, weeks ago, I published an episode about My Secret Weapon for

[00:00:26] Making Decisions in my Business. And today I'm going to be sharing with you my number one mindset for making decisions in my business as well.

[00:00:40] Welcome back to 10 Minutes to Being Boss. A bite-sized show, offering up tips, tools, and tactics for helping you do business. I'm Emily Thompson. And today we're talking about the mindset that I have adopted that helps me make a million decisions. Every single day, but before we dive into deep, I do want to share it more about our sponsor Podia.

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[00:01:29] So let's talk about this decision-making because as a business owner, You are responsible for making a lot of decisions. Some of them are small. Most of them are small, but some of them are really large. And there is a thing called decision fatigue that comes from making too many decisions. I myself get extra annoyed at the end of the day, whenever I'm asked what to eat for dinner because I just made a million decisions today.

[00:01:55] How am I also supposed to decide what to eat for dinner. If this is something that you experienced and know that you are not alone by any means. However, I am here to help you with really making the bigger decisions in your business, because there are a lot of those that have to be made as well. So getting into the right mindset around these decisions is going to help you make them, it's going to help you do it faster.

[00:02:21] It's going to help you also sort of adopt an ease to your decision-making. That's going to make it easier for you to navigate through all of the decisions that you need to make. Because as you are navigating all of these decisions, it's likely that you're going to bump up against things like fraudy feelings or imposter syndrome.

[00:02:42] You are going to potentially become paralyzed by some of the decisions that you have to make. The way that I overcome this is by adopting a simple mindset that I call test and change. With this mindset, the idea is that everything is almost a game. I don't mean to like, make it flip it like that. But by adopting this test and change mindset, you are seeing that no decision has to be final or very few decisions have to be final.

[00:03:14] And most of our businesses, the decisions we make are only in the moment decisions. Where we can put things in place. We can make these decisions and we can see how they go. And this is the kicker here. You can change your mind. Oftentimes, when we are confronted with decisions, we forget that we have the power to change our mind at

[00:03:36] some point. And for me, the test and change mindset is one where I give myself the power to change my mind after I test, measure, and evaluate previous decisions. So that each decision that I make becomes more and more informed, more and more aligned with the outcomes that I want to achieve. And therefore better decisions each and every time.

[00:04:03] Now this has not been an easy mindset necessarily for me to adopt, but it is one that over the years, as I have practiced this for myself, I have seen that this really is the, the more aligned, fulfilling and enjoyable way of embarking on my entrepreneurial journey. It's how I can go at my business with this sort of playfulness that allows me to try things out, to see if they're going to work or not.

[00:04:32] And releases me from that, like paralyzing since that any decision I make is the last and final decision that I'll ever make and will totally completely define my reality for the foreseeable future and the test and change mindset is one that will allow you to go through the decisions in your business in a way that will give you the power and ability to have fun with what it is that you're doing to try things out, to keep you mindful as to what is happening when you do try things out and gives you the information that you need to change your mind, to adjust your trajectory, to make different and more informed decisions as you go along.

[00:05:19] So this test and change mindset really is my number one mindset for enabling me to make all of the decisions that I need to make in my life and work. It releases the pressure of all of those decisions and it makes them a little more temporary and easy to digest. So I hope that you are able to move into a more test and change mindset for yourself as well, to give you the freedom and ability to have fun in your business, to make temporary decisions and your life and work so that you can more easily and joyfully navigate your journey as well.

[00:05:58] Now, I'm bringing this up today for a number of reasons. One, because it is imperative for entrepreneurs to adopt a more test and change mindset to relieve you of so much unnecessary stress and to enable you to really navigate your business and your life with that additional ease. But also because I'm applying it here to the 10 Minutes to Being Boss show.

[00:06:22] I have enjoyed doing the show so much this year, but as I have tested, it is time to change. So we are going to be taking a little bit of a break from the YouTube show for 10 Minutes to Being Boss, but it will be coming back in a couple of weeks, better than ever. We have done all of the testing and now is time for a change.

[00:06:43] If you are listening to this on the 10 Minutes to Being Boss Podcast, know that this is likely the last episode of the 10 Minutes to Being Boss podcast. We will be bringing back these shorter episodes, but we'll be bringing them into the main Being Boss podcast feed. So if you haven't already subscribed to the main being boss podcast, be sure to find it wherever it is that you listen to podcasts and subscribe to us there.

[00:07:12] So give us a couple of weeks to have a little break, to get some things in place, and we will be back for the next version of 10 Minutes to Being Boss. And I cannot wait to see you here. I will say that I'm really excited about what's coming next for 10 minutes to being boss. I do have so much fun bringing these little tidbits together.

[00:07:32] And then just to give you a sneak peek, it's not just going to be me next time, and it's going to be part of a whole better being boss situation. And that's literally the only sort of sneak peeks that I'm going to give you. Until then be sure to follow us on our email newsletter. I'll be putting a link in the show description or in the description below is show notes or show description.

[00:07:55] I don't even know what these things are called anymore and we'll be back. And until next time, go make some decisions, test and change, have fun with it and otherwise do the work, be boss.