Decision Making Skills:
6 Steps To Better Decision Making
By Samuel JeffersonEvery day, we are faced with the need to make decisions, big or small that can have a big impact on our daily life. We need to develop proper decision making skills to ensure that we don’t spend too much time contemplating on our options or regretting making a decision.
Decision Making Skills:
- Identify your options – It wouldn’t really be a decision if there was only one possible course of action. Decisions come up from at least two possible options and paths to follow. First you need to be clear on what your options are.
- Minimize your options – If you are faced with many options, this will only make the task of making the decision even harder. Even though having many options sometimes might sound like a good thing, it only makes us waste more time trying to see which might be the best decision to take. So, when faced with a number of potential choices, try to minimize the number down to two or three and work your way from there.
- Identify the worst case scenario for each decision – Sometimes it’s good to visualize what might happen if the decision that we make goes completely wrong. Chances are it won’t be anywhere near life threatening, so choosing the easiest option to go through is not always the best option to take.
- Identify what you might get from the decision – Sometimes we might need to take a big risk in order to get a big return from our decision. As with identifying the worst case scenario, if one choice is not life threatening, you might want to take it into a serious consideration if it promises a big return but has high risk. You can visualize a potential positive outcome, but try to make a realistic estimate of the outcome and not an overestimated one.
- The need to be 100% sure – This is the step that most of us are struggling with. We all want to be sure that the decisions that we make are the best ones for us, but we need to acknowledge that there is always a degree of uncertainty when we have to make a decision. It wouldn’t be a decision if we were sure about one of our options, or we wouldn’t have a hard time choosing one. Don’t get too caught up in trying to make the perfect decision. Chances are, whichever option you choose, you will gain something out of it. If you wait until you are sure 100% for one option, you might wait for a long time and might miss your chance, if the decision is a time critical one.
- No regrets – After making a decision, you need to come to terms with it. Fully accept and embrace the decision and its outcomes. Whether the effects of the decision were just as you wanted, or whether it appears to be a completely wrong decision, you should have no regrets. By regretting a choice, it becomes really hard to live with the consequences of your decision, so realize that you have done the best possible decision at that point in time. You couldn’t have known the potential result or you wouldn’t have taken that decision, so regretting it now won’t help at all. It’s important to not be too harsh on yourself and accept your decisions and learn from your mistakes.
Ask for help – We don’t necessarily have to make an important decision just based on our knowledge and experience on the subject. Sometimes it might be good to just hear a second opinion, someone who sees it objectively and can offer a more detached opinion. It can be a friend, family or someone who has already done what you want to do. Of course you don’t have to follow through with their advice, but they might be able to tell you some things that you haven’t thought about before by yourself.
Since we are faced with many decisions on a daily basis, we need to be able to develop proper decision making skills that will empower us and enable us to make decisions faster and calmer. We can never be 100% sure for a choice, so sometimes it might be better to make a quick decision, especially on things that are not that critical.
Samuel Jefferson (“Love is all”) is a professional writer, blogger, marketing coach. “For the last 4 years I’ve been a self-development writer, but my love to provide quality information started from graduation from college when I started writing for channel blogs. My best ideas are performed easily with online-writing’s service Au.PapersOwl that I used whilst in college, but for now I practice using it all the time.”