I used to live by the code that there are no wrong decisions, rather we make a decision, and then we make it wrong or right.
This, in theory sounds good. And a lot times it is probably a good rule to follow.
However, after practicing jiu jitsu for the past several months one thing has become painfully clear. There are bad decisions.
One thing I love about jiu jitsu is that it gives you immediate feedback on whether or not you are doing the right or wrong thing.
There is no wait and see. You make a bad decision you pay, often times immediately.
Jiu jitsu isn’t like school where we have to wait days or weeks for a grade. Or even worse, waiting for our annual employee review at work.
Two rules for clarity in decision making.
- Complexity is the enemy of execution.
I know it sounds so cliche, but keeps your plans as simple as possible. Always take the position over submission. What I mean by this is, if you have a good position in anything, hold on until your plans for executing your next move has been solidified. Even then, simplicity, simplicity, simplicity is always king.
- Make a decision and act.
I remember going through Leadership and Management School while on active duty and this was one of the first lessons we learned in class. In search and rescue, seconds matter. There is virtually no time to dwell on a situation, you must act. Once the situation has become clear, make a decision and act.
Don’t make hasty decision, but don’t go back and forth either. I would rather someone make a confident wrong decision and then stand their ground as to why they made that decision than buckle under the pressure.
Gather the facts, make the decision, and own it.