Your ability to make decisions is the deciding factor in your personal and professional success. Being a decision maker is the most coveted prize in business.

"Those who reach decisions promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it," wrote Modern motivational author Napoleon Hill. The problem comes when people make decisions based on what other people want. Like making a decision to use social media because that is what everyone else is doing, instead of deciding to do it because it is what you believe is best for your business.

Here are 3 keys to help you create a decisive mindset so you can become a leader in your business and in your life.

The first thing to do when making decisions is to ask yourself, "Who wants this?" You may think you are making decisions based on what you want for yourself, for your business, or for your family; however, that may not always be true. When I'm working with athletes to help them create the right mindset to achieve peak performance, the very first thing I ask is, "Who wants this? Do you want this or is this someone else's goal?" No matter what it is, be sure it is what you want.

Second, take 100% responsibility for the decisions you make. Back those decisions up with strong reasoning. We tend to make decisions and then try to back out when the going gets tough. Having a decisive mindset means that you are willing to put yourself on the line for the decisions you make. You should be able to articulate to yourself and to others why you made a given decision.

Third, practice being mindful of the everyday decisions you are making, either consciously or by default, every minute of your life. Every time you sit down to eat, you are making a decision as to what goes in your mouth. Every time you answer the phone or check your email, you are making a decision to do or not to do something.

A decisive mindset is key to leading a business or a family. Use these three keys to make better decisions.

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