Are You Scared? How To Make Business Decisions With Confidence

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The drive for self-preservation is one of the strongest decision filters.  The natural drive to grapple or flee can influence our business choices.  We view our environment through a filter of survival when we feel threatened or unsafe.  Past experiences in a similar situation can trigger misplaced danger signals.  Imagined pain from separation, loss or even death can color our decision filters.  The successful executive can separate fact from conjecture and develop effective responses to the fear based outcomes.

A healthy dose of self-esteem is an effective antidote to the self-preservation filter.

The first step is to look at your foundation.

  • Where do you find your sense of self-worth?
  • What is the firm anchor for your identity?

If the anchor of your identity is buried in the shifting sand of group think, public opinion or cultural norms then your decisions may be impacted by your self-defense filters.  Be aware of your decision filters.  Simply noticing your distractions, mood, beliefs, style and fears is the first step to making better business decisions.


About Michael Shelton

Your Business Coach Facilitating Delegation and Work Group Engagement Michael Shelton has over twenty-five years of business and military accomplishments, including extensive experience with one of the largest, publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REIT). He is a qualified business coach with assignments in cross-functional work group management, strategic planning, unit leadership, joint venture acquisitions, executive education, mentoring, training and merger integration. Michael has accumulated best practices for building committed work groups from more than $4 billion of capital markets transactions and commercial property development. He served as a commissioned officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, and earned his MBA from The University of Arizona. Michael has served as a major conference panelist and is the author of Cash Flow Rich, Winning Ways to Evaluate and Finance Real Estate. Today, he helps business owners get more work group engagement as President and CEO of Shelton Business Services, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. Disclaimer: I don't offer investment, legal or tax advice. Talk to your broker, accountant or lawyer for investment, tax and legal help. I might own stock in the companies I mention on-line. My posts, tweets and other on-line activity are my personal thoughts and don't represent my employer or company.
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