Decisiveness

 What is Decisiveness

The TAP scale of Decisiveness measures one’s natural ability and desire to make quick decisions.  This is important for dynamic situations such as athletic competitions and particular positions/roles that require quick, important decisions.

 Why is it important?

Decisiveness is important to mental execution. It is important that athletes react when competing. Decisiveness impacts the athlete's timing, which is important to mental execution. This metric is important to the coach and the athlete because it will predict tendencies such as rushing a decision or being overly tenuous and cautious. Another important aspect to decisiveness is that it identifies the tendency for the athlete to second-guess decisions after making them, which can cause doubt and hesitation.  

The athlete’s sport and position need to be considered as this trait is not universally important (e.g. a high score is beneficial for some sports/positions but not all).  

 

 A higher score means...

Those with higher levels of Decisiveness are more likely to naturally make quick decisions without hesitation.  One caveat, this does not mean that the person high in Decisiveness will make good decisions or the right decision, just that the decision-making happens quickly.  

This can be good for sports/positions where playing instinctively without hesitation is important, e.g., offensive positions involved in scoring.

 

 Higher scoring athletes think and act...

● Tendency to make quick decisions

● Does not second-guess decisions, especially in immediate (during competition) situations

● Not afraid to choose an option that might have some risk, e.g., will go for a steal that might result in the other team scoring if unsuccessful

● Prefers a choice that yields the highest reward rather than the choice that has the lowest risk

● Tends to trust their instincts, e.g., they just play the game without thinking too much

● The athlete’s sport and position need to be considered.  A high scoring athlete in Decisiveness may try to rush or force things.

 

 A lower score means...

Those with modest levels of Decisiveness may reflect a preference for deliberate and cautious decisions, sometimes to the point of being hesitant.  Those with this preference should deliberately practice competitive situations where quick decisions are needed so they can act more instinctive on those situations.

A lower score in Decisiveness can be good for sports/positions where playing cautiously and not taking risks can be helpful, e.g., defensive positions responsible for keeping the opponents from scoring (especially in protecting a lead).

 
 

 Lower scoring athletes think and act...

● Wants to double check things to be sure before deciding/reacting

● Uncomfortable being pressured to hurry and make up their mind

● Tends to opt for the lowest risk choice

● Will second guess a decision even if it is the correct choice

● During competition, will cautiously overthink things rather than just playing instinctively

● Actions and thoughts like hesitancy, reluctance, and uncertainty

● May hold back with intensity

● The athlete’s sport and position need to be considered.  A low scoring athlete in Decisiveness may have fewer mistakes because of caution and deliberate decision making; not just paralysis by analysis.

 

How to improve Decisiveness

 Videos

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Quickness is Decisiveness 1 min | by Kobe Bryant

How to Achieve Peak Sport Performance Through Mental Skills Training Part 1 3 mins | by Dr. Ken Ravizza

How to Achieve Peak Sport Performance Through Mental Skills Training Part 2 6 mins | by Dr. Ken Ravizza

How to Make Good Decisions 9 mins | by Brendon Burchard

How to Overcome Fear 11 mins | by Brendon Burchard

The OODA Loop: A Competitive Decision-Making Tool 5 mins | by DecisionSkills

 

 Articles

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Tips to Build Your Team's Decision-Making Skills 3 pages | by TrueSport for USA Volleyball

How to Make Bold Decisions 6 pages | by Benjamin Hardy Ph.D., Inc.com contributor

Athletes in the Zone Could have Less Hesitation; Quicker Reaction Time 2 pages | by Daniel Yoder, Virginia Dilworth & Michael Lukkarinen

Mental Edge: Fear is an Athlete's Worst Enemy  2 pages | by USA Today High School Sports

Decision Making by Coaches and Athletes in Sport 8 pages | by Adem Kaya

 

 Podcasts

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Being Decisive vs. Carefulness topic starts at 0:25:54 20 minutes | by Jocko (former US Navy SEAL) podcast

Decisions Decisions Decisions with TED speakers including Malcolm Gladwell 53 minutes | by NPR TED speaker radio

What the Best Do DifferentlyDr. Katy Tran Turner Mental Performance Coach for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres 44 minutes | by Dr. Cindra Kamphoff podcast

 

 Drills

Ryzer Mindset Drills are designed to be completed either individually or in a instructor-led group setting.  The worksheets supplement the presentations and ideally are printed in advance of reviewing the presentation. The worksheets and presentations are PDF documents.  For best experience, save the PDF to your device before viewing or open in a PDF-friendly application such as Books on iPhone or Adobe on Android.

    

Becoming Decisive

Learn a strategy for making decisions more efficiently and effectively

This drill's outcomes: (i) understand the importance of not avoiding and making good decisions (ii) learn a 4-factor process for making better decisions efficiently

Becoming Decisive presentation - 24 slides

Decision Making: 4-Criteria Technique worksheet - 4 pages

7-Day Decision Making Journal worksheet - 2 pages