Being a good decision maker can help you become more successful in your art business and life. Do you find it difficult to make decisions that pertain to your art business? In this post, I am going to share with you 3 tips to become a better decision maker so you can grow your art business and sell more art.
3 Tips To Become A Better Decision Maker
For some people making decisions does not come easily.
Confident people make decisions clearly and stick to them rather than changing their minds or being indecisive.
As a business owner, you will need to be confident in your decisions.
There are many reasons why you might have a hard time making decisions.
Some people are afraid to fail while others need to come up with the “perfect” plan or strategy.
Below are some tips that will help in making decisions easier for you. The only stress you will have is deciding how to spend all of the money you are making selling your artwork.
Decision Making Steps
What is the definition of a decision maker?
A decision maker is an individual who makes important decisions.
You have already decided to sell your artwork and handmade crafts.
That is an important decision that you have made that will change your life.
The decision to sell art was easy right?
You spent a lot of time enhancing your artistic skills and now you are ready to earn some money from your creations.
Deciding to sell your art was an easy decision to make.
All of the decisions you are going to make during your art career will be just as easy as deciding it was a good time to start selling your paintings or drawings.
But I do want to make it clear that there are going to be more decisions you make that will fall flat on your expectations than decisions that hit the bullseye and make you want to do the happy dance.
Does hearing that makes you discouraged?
Making a decision that falls flat is a small victory.
A small victory?
Every decision you make that does not produce the outcome you were hoping for is a learning experience. That learning experience will help you to make a better decision in the future.
So don’t be afraid of making a decision. Just do it and learn.
Below are some helpful to become a better decision maker. These tips are from the lessons I have learned along the way.
It is always better to take on smaller goals that will help you achieve the bigger goal.
Making decisions will become easier when you feel like you have succeeded at something.
For example, I tell all of my guitar students to practice a song they are working on one measure at a time instead of trying to tackle the entire song at once.
This strategy makes it easier for them to focus on a small section that they will be able to learn quicker.
Practicing this way allows them to accomplish the entire song in less time, and it helps to build their self-esteem along the way.
I also apply this strategy to my art business.
How can you use this strategy for your art business?
The first step is to have a clear vision of what your objectives are.
You have to be clear and specific.
For example, you might have a goal to sell more art next year. This is a great goal to have but how much more art would you like to sell?
Would selling 5 additional paintings next year be a good goal or do you want to sell all of the paintings that did not sell last year?
Write down exactly what you would like to accomplish in the next 12 months then break it down into monthly plans.
The decisions you have to make for each month will be easier than trying to tackle everything at once.
You will also be able to see what is working for you and what is not working.
Staying focused on the end game and making monthly decisions will help you to win the race.
Writing Goals You Can Achieve Resources:
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Approach Decisions Logically
Now that you have a clear vision of what your objectives are you can start making decisions on how you are going to achieve your objectives.
I want to mention one more time that your first decision will not be the jackpot winner. Instead, you will hit the jackpot by learning from every action you have taken along the way.
It is so important to approach your decisions logically.
Many people make decisions based on emotion and for your art business making, emotion-based decisions can spell disaster.
A way to help you make logical decisions is to write a list of pros and cons. If you feel like you are still unable to make a logical decision, step away for a moment and go back to it when your mind is clear.
Again do not expect for the plan to be perfect. In time you will learn what works best for your business goals and your unique audience.
Until then approach your decisions logically.
Be Easy On Yourself
The last thing I would like to talk about and in mind, it is the most important thing I am going to say today.
Be easy on yourself.
You already know that you are going to have more failed attempts than victories.
But the small losses will make you stronger and guide you to the victory line and yes you will be doing the happy dance.
Just because a plan did not work as you hoped for does not mean that it was a bad plan.
It just means that it did not work for your audience.
The only real mistake you can make is to continually spend time on strategies that are not producing the results you were hoping for.
Once you have made a decision you are a winner.
Be proud of yourself and stay focused on your goals.
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Every time that you make a decision, you will become a better decision maker.
This does not mean that every decision will work the way that you had planned.
The first step is to make a decision.
The second step is to analyze the outcome.
The third phase is to revise the decision.
The most successful people do not even have to think about these steps.
They have done it so many times they are on autopilot.
To become a better decision maker you have to tackle small goals, think logically and do not take the outcome personally.
Decide – Assess – Revise
3 Tips To Become A Better Decision Maker Overview:
- Decision Making Steps
- Start Small
- Approach Decisions Logically
- Be Easy On Yourself
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