Decisions made Subconsciously can help Improve Decisiveness
Dr. Jim Taylor, who often writes about the mental side of sports for Psychology Today, has an article about how athletes can take risks that pay off.
In the article, Dr. Taylor talks about how decisiveness is happening almost entirely without the athlete realizing it, it’s a very subconscious process.
“Every time you compete, you are, without realizing it, doing a risk/reward analysis in which you weigh the benefits and costs of taking a risk, whether, for example, going for an ace in tennis, hitting over a water hazard in golf, or throwing long in football,” Dr. Taylor explains.
While that is true, and while taking risks sometimes is a better strategy than playing it safe all the time, there is a need for some restrictions in the decision-making process.
“You, of course, don’t want to take risks every time; there is a place for risk and a place to perform a bit more judiciously,” Dr. Taylor explains. “You have to decide your chances of succeeding when you take a risk and whether the risk will be rewarded.”