3 Questions To Help You Think Fast

Think FastThe ability to manage a crisis through action is undeniably useful. Because not everyone is a quick “on-your-feet” thinker, you might need to cultivate your Resolute Thinking through practice.

If you find yourself in a high-stress situation, decide to take ownership of the problem. Once you’re in charge of the problem, you must first identify its source and then take the shortest route to addressing the problem – take action. This requires a reliance on your gut, but, more importantly, your experience.

Without experience, you may make rash decisions that only lead to more difficulty. Rational, experienced thinking while under pressure is the key to successful Resolute Thinking. You are able to act quickly because you’ve been there before. You know what to expect.

Do not hesitate to have and implement a back-up plan. Action is needed in order to avoid a crisis that could shut everything down. If several things go wrong, there is the potential for the Resolute Thinker to go into a state of alarm. A common weakness of the Resolute Thinker is to be over-reactive. Although success is still possible, things could run smoother by being alert to this weakness.

When you find yourself in a situation requiring quick thinking, ask yourself:

What’s at the center of the problem from a process perspective?

What is the one thing we can solve that will take the heat off the other issues?

What tool can we use to douse this fire?

Aside from the tendency to be over-reactive, the Resolute Thinker is an excellent thinker to model. They are not afraid to ask for help when they need it.

Resolute thinkers find rewarding careers as doctors, firemen, policemen, wedding planners, and in high positions of authority – such as CEOs. If you strive to reach the top, you’ll want to hone this empowered way of thinking.

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