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Have you ever made a decision and later realized that it’s one of your worst choices ever? Or have you ever been stuck between crossroads and didn’t know what to do? We make decisions every day, but sometimes, it feels like we still fail to get the hang of it. In this episode, we’re talking to Steve Haffner, the Decision Performance Expert, about how to be a Decision-Making Wizard! Steve explains how our primitive lizard brain affects how we resolve dilemmas and how to confront and outsmart that scared-y reptile. Sometimes, it’s not healthy to face challenges alone. Steve underlines the crucial part of having accountability partners in avoiding the trap of being emotionally reactive and putting your core values in the forefront to make sure your decisions align with who you are. You are certainly not the type to be deceived by illusions! So before you make your mind on something, listen in and find out how to activate your bigger brain and make decisions you’ll be happy with.


“Have goals that make you happy and work yourself towards those goals because that upward movement is going to give you positivity and make you happy.” -Steve Haffner


01:08 The Chaos In Decision-Making
05:33 What Is A Decision Performance Expert? 
09:39 What Is The Lizard Brain?
18:10 Confront the Lizard
25:13 How to Make Better Decisions 
30:25 Why You Need Core Values 
40:10 The Danger of Safety of Comfort Zone
45:01 Why You Need Accountability Partners
50:02 7 Strategies For Making Great Decisions
55:37 Overcome Your Illusions





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15:10 When it comes to uncertainty about a person and their intentions, we are much more likely to assume the negative than we are the positive.” -Steve Haffner

16:07 “Trust and suspicion cannot coexist at the same time. If you don’t overcome that suspicion,  you’re going to have trouble with having a trusting relationship.” -Steve Haffner

17:11 “Start with trust. By being more trusting, that makes you more trustworthy in their eyes.” -Steve Haffner

38:42 “If you don’t know your corporation’s values, how do you know you’re a good fit for being there?” -Arlene Gale

41:02 “If it’s not a good fit, you’re not going to be happy. Every decision we make has to be pointed in the direction of making us happy.”  -Steve Haffner

46:26 “You have to have people who are willing to help you stretch, even if it’s painful.” -Arlene Gale 

55:29 “A great way to overcome illusions or delusions, is to always keep those values in front of you.”  -Arlene Gale

56:27 “Have goals that make you happy and work yourself towards those goals because that upward movement is going to give you positivity and make you happy.” -Steve Haffner

56:38 “If you know where you’re going, that removes some of the uncertainty.” -Arlene Gale


Connect with Steve:

Steve Haffner is a de-illusionist. After a 30-year corporate career in IT and Management for companies that include EDS, Mercer, and Humana, Steve launched his own speaking and performance business in 2011. Steve’s experience as a corporate professional, a business owner and magician, gave him a very unique perspective on deception and how the subconscious mind influences our decision-making and affects our personal and professional successes. Using research in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Brain Behavioral Economics, Steve helps professionals improve their decision performance by recognizing and overcoming the biases, shortcuts, and impulses that he calls our primitive “lizard brain”.