Focused Choices

Focused Choices
How to Make Better Decisions,
Avoid Dumb Mistakes,
and Embrace the Power of Choice

A 6-hour workshop to learn
the method of “Focused Choices.”

Two Options

Teleclass:
Sundays,  April 22 & 29, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern (12 noon – 3:00 p.m. Pacific)

In-Person:
Friday, June 29, 2018–Newport Beach, California
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Yes or No?

Perhaps the most practical way to make your life happier and more productive is to become better at making effective decisions. Every choice you make affects your short-term outcomes and your long-term success. And yet, how many of your choices are made passively, by default? Even when you undertake a decision process, how often does the decision drag on and on, because you don’t see any way to resolve the conflicts? And how often do you make a decision, but find that it doesn’t stick? Most people make decisions by the seat of their pants.

If you want a performance edge achieving your challenging goals, you need an effective decision process. That’s a process that helps you make any decision in an appropriately short period of time. It’s a process that results in your being motivated to act on the decision, immediately. And most importantly, it’s a process that leaves you confident that you won’t have any reason to regret your decision later. This is what you get when you use the “Focused Choices” decision-making process. In this class, you will learn:

  • Little-known decision-making mistakes and how to avoid them
  • The secret to ensuring that your decision motivates your next action
  • How to quickly reveal critical issues you didn’t even realize were relevant
  • The two sources of data you must access for your decision to hold up long-term
  • How to find a positive way forward when you have no choice, or no good choice
  • What to do when you run out of time for making a decision
  • How to ensure you never regret another choice

Let’s face it–you already know a lot about making decisions. If you make 10 decisions a day, you make 10,000 every 3 years. You do the math. By any measure, you are an experienced decision-maker. You are probably reasonably satisfied with the vast majority of your choices.

But what you may not realize is that how you make your decision is at least as important as which option you choose. The right decision-making process helps you make the decision for the right reason, at the the right time, in the right way to eliminate second-guessing and maximize long-term benefits.

 

Testimonials from earlier offerings of Focused Choices

Thank you for emphasizing the goodness in all of us. We are not in need of “fixing,” we are normal, good people who face conflicts which require focused choices. I now have tools to deal with conflicts so I can make good decisions that make me HAPPIER!
— Wallace Harding, Artist

Focused Choices offers a very manageable method to help you more fully consider all the pros and cons to any decision, large or small, so you arrive at the best decision possible, given your values.

— Kathryn Daley, Entrepreneur, Chicago IL

Definitely attend this class. Bring as much ‘baggage’ as you can carry and an open mind. The deliberate, methodical approach yields surprising results.
— David Disheroon, Graham, Texas

Jean Moroney is a master at creating systems that work to assist one in everyday thinking problems and Focused Choices is no exception. In just a few hours, you can learn a system for making optimal decisions in whatever time is available, minimizing and marginalizing both indecision and regrets. This is a great class.

–Lin Zinser, Naples, Florida

Jean’s teaching style is delightfully warm and engaging. She offers easy-to-follow fundamental thinking skills you’ll use daily, for making relatively minor or more important decisions. You’ll give yourself the confidence that you have made the best choice, based on your current information and, as Jean calls it, your personal “values landscape.”
Ellen Kenner, Psychologist and Host of the Radio Show The Rational Basis of Happiness

 

 

This is a jam-packed, transformational class, for only $369. Here’s the agenda:

You face many possibilitesIn Unit 1: From Dithering to Decisive, you will learn how to overcome the most obvious problem most people have with decision-making–that you can’t seem to decide. This has all sorts of problems, because when you fail to commit to a direction, you go nowhere. It’s a slippery slope to defaulting and never deciding. You will learn an amazing method that takes a few index cards, two colors of ink, and about 10 minutes that can end the dithering and help you make a decision you are willing to act on immediately.

In Unit 2: From Frozen to Functional, you will learn how to cope with paralysis. Paralysis strikes when it seems like all of your options are bad. There is nowhere good to go–so you freeze in place. Although you may not be in touch with your feelings when you are paralyzed, this is actually an emotionally-charged state. You are in the grip of conflicting disruptive emotions, and as a result you cannot think straight. In this unit, you will learn an easy-to-do method for handling the overwhelming emotions that are frozen out. Once you get in touch with the emotions, you can get your brain in gear and figure out the best way forward.

In Unit 3: From Confused to Clear, you will learn how to get clear on your choices when the decision is overwhelming. To make a decision, you need to reduce the  problem to the top 2-4 alternatives you face. But if you are overloaded by too many choices, or you feel pulled toward what you think is an irrational choice, or you find the options are so intertwined you can’t separate them, the process of simplifying the decision can be very confusing. In this unit, you will learn a flexible, general-purpose tool you can use to get an overview of the situation, weed out any false or illogical assumptions, and sort out the issues step by step–all without beating yourself up or bogging down.

Are you stressed?

In Unit 4: From Pressured to Purposeful, you will learn how to adapt this process when you are under pressure. When you feel pressured, you often think you have no choice about what you should do, or can do, or have to do. This creates an ongoing state of conflict that undercuts any attempt to act on your decision. In this unit, you will learn the key to eliminating pressure–and therefore stress–from your life. Hint: it involves embracing your power of choice. When you learn how to make life-serving choices in a short amount of time, you radically improve your mindset and your day-to-day enjoyment of work.

As a result of using these tactics, you gain a positive and avoid a negative. You don’t have regrets about the decisions you make, and you gradually resolve conflicts in your value hierarchy. The effect? A more productive, joyful existence. Just by changing the way you make decisions.

This is a hands-on class. During the class, you get a chance to test drive the tactics with individual exercises using decisions from your own life. Breakthroughs are common during class exercises.

Sign up now! Learn crucial skills that will make you more productive and less stressed. Cost: $369.

 

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Two Options: Virtual or In-Person

Teleclass:
Sundays, April 22 & 29, 2018
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern (12 noon – 3:00 p.m. Pacific)
Join me on my phone bridge from the comfort of your own home. You can join with any telephone, or use your computer to connect over the web using your browser. Detailed instructions will be sent. Materials will be sent in soft copy only.

In-Person in Newport Beach, California:
Friday, June 29, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exact location is TBD, but it will either be walking distance from the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa (900 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660) or I will organize a ride to/from that location. These workshops attract an interesting group of ambitious professionals. You’ll get a chance to chat with the other participants during the breaks during the day. Coffee and pre-meeting discussion will start at 9:00 a.m. A sandwich lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m.

Choose the option that is most convenient for you!

Note: payments are not refundable less than 30 days before the event. You may send a replacement.

This is an interactive class. During the class we will work through a workbook using a combination of lecture, discussion, group exercises, and individual exercises.

When you leave, you will take away a laminated summary sheet with convenient reminders of how and when to use the tactics, plus a manual with summaries of the tactics for quick review.

How much is it?
Tuition for the 6-hour class is $369

 

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Use Your Own Real-Life Situations in Class

Jean’s Focused Choices workshop offers an easy-to-follow method to make any decisions in your life, from relatively minor but distressing ones, to major complex ones. With her method, you make decisions fueled by your values, not by fear and avoidance, guilt, or duty.

I focused on some personal decisions in her workshop:

  1. How to deal with a perplexing, seemingly minor situation with a family member
  2. How to rekindle an exercise routine I enjoy
  3. How to find time to practice dance, a hobby I cherish (but rarely practice)
  4. How to jump start a project I’ve been procrastinating on
  5. How to decide what level of involvement I want in an organization

What a gift to learn Jean’s benevolent decision-making method by using real personal situations that you are actually facing.

— Ellen Kenner, Psychologist and Host of the Radio Show The Rational Basis of Happiness

 

To sign up, please fill out the form here and choose the session in the drop-down box. You can either pay by credit card on that site, or put in the “PayByCheck” coupon to register and then send the check separately.

When I get your payment, I’ll send you a registration letter with more information.

Let’s sum up what you get from an investment of $369:

  • A decision-making process that handles the thorniest conflict
  • Powerful tools for coping with intense emotions that get in the way of making a good decisionn
  • The secret to finding a positive way forward, even when you feel you have no choice
  • The key to catching mistakes before you act on them
  • A chance to test drive the tactics on your own decisions during the workshop
  • Surprising insights into how to use what you already know more effectively
  • A detailed workbook for doing exercises
  • My new Thinking Tactics manual: How to Focuse Your Thoughts for Action
  • A laminated summary sheet for quick reference
  • Complimentary membership in the Thinking Lab from the time you register to two months after the class so you can get more tactics, more practice, and more help

Register now and get between now and class as extra time in the Thinking Lab

Questions? Email me at jm@thinkingdirections.com and I’ll answer them.

Sign up now and learn how making focused choices can make you happier and more productive every day.

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Still unsure? Here’s my money-back guarantee:
If you have not already discovered one way you can be
significantly more effective in your decision-making at the end of the first unit, you can walk out then with a 100% refund. So what are you waiting for?

Tuition: $369

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Still not sure? Try a  no-risk sample

No Regrets Decisions”  is a free 1-hour sample class I offered recently, which introduces some of the concepts in Focused Choices. I guarantee, if you like the No Regrets Decisions class, you will find Focused Choices even more valuable. It builds on what can only be mentioned in passing in the preview.

Read more and register on the No Regrets Decisions page

 

 

Testimonials from a past related workshop–the Smarter Execution Workshop:

“Jean’s workshop was excellent. Well-organized, and lots of good material for achieving my goals and making decisions. It’s well worth the investment.”
—Brian R. Lessing, actuary & adjunct professor, New York University.

“These are invaluable tools that can guide you through any tangle or conflict. Case in point: immediately following the workshop, a vital meeting was unexpectedly rescheduled. Your teaching had primed me for positive problem-solving, and take-one-step action. Despite the disruption, things turned out better than planned!”
—Sharon Alex, Songwriter & Visual Artist

“I recently attended Jean’s Smarter Execution Workshop and found several of her techniques very helpful for goal planning and management. Specifically, the “Thinking on Paper” concept proved to be very useful and I have already begun reaping its rewards. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to improve their ability and judgment in defining and reaching their goals, regardless of their profession.”
—Charles Guarino, President, Central Park Data Systems

“I love doing the in-class exercises. It’s not just listening to ideas—you can actually do a lot of good, focused thinking done during the workshop.”
—Sarah Farivar-Hayes, PhD, New York, NY

 

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