We are always making decisions. Every day. Everything we say and do is the result of a decision that we have made. Whether we make it consciously or not, you have made a decision.
For every choice we make, big or small, there’s no easy formula for making the right decision. The best we can do is to approach it from as many perspectives as possible and then choose a course of action that seems reasonable and balanced at that time.
The decisions that we make could have a major impact on our lives and the lives of others.
Therefore, if you have a big decision to make, it can seem daunting and even frightening. But there are some simple things you can do to make it less intimidating.
Decision-making is the act of choosing between two or more courses of action and deciding on solutions to a problem.
Some of us make decisions by relying on our ‘gut feelings’ or ‘intuition’. We take into account our past experience and our values.
What can prevent effective decision-making:
- Not having enough information.
- Including too many people in the decision-making process.
- Procrastination and taking too long to make decisions.
- Worrying about the consequences.
However, if you want to improve your decision-making skills, then the following may help:
List your options: It always helps to write down what your options are. Highlight the positives and negatives for each option.
Gather as much information as possible: Most of the decision that we make could be made easier if we are in full possession of all of the facts. This can help us to make an informed decision.
Seek advice from someone you trust: try not to make decisions by committee. But, asking for advice from a trusted friend or relative can give you a different perspective.
Michelle Obama said ‘you can’t make a decision based on fear and the possibility of what might happen’. I couldn’t agree more.
Stay focused and stay blessed.