One of the finest gifts bestowed upon mankind is the power of decision-making. When we exploit it to its fullest, for better or worse we became the product of our choices.
Decision-making is an integral part of our lives, just think about the countless decisions we have to make every day. Sometimes these may be trivial, such as choosing a dress to wear, but other times they are significant even life changing, such as choosing a subject that may dictate our career and define our whole life.
A lot of us find decision-making a daunting task for a number of reasons. To begin with, most decisions have far-reaching consequences over which we have no control, so we resort to a safe haven, procrastination. Sometimes, we fear the unknown, therefore, are hesitant about making decisions. A lot of times, we end up in two minds, what should I choose?
Apparently, making rational decisions is not rocket science. It is a skill, which can be learnt when approached systematically.
Step 1: Identify the problem
A lack of sufficient perspective on a given problem is a key factor that hampers decision-making. Therefore, it is always a good idea to understand exactly what needs resolving.
Step 2: Collect information
Ensure that you have gathered the right information about the possible alternatives so that you can make an informed decision. Do some research; after all this decision may change an important aspect of your life.
Step 3: Weigh up the evidence
Do not feel torn between choices instead write them all down. Look at the possible impact of each choice. Write their positives and negatives in terms of materialistic and non-materialistic gains. If you look at them rationally, the chances are you will be able to eliminate the obvious wrong ones. Ask yourself why should you choose any of them at all?
Step 4: Be guided by your instincts
Instead of seeking suggestions, trust your instincts. They will guide you better than anyone else. After all, you know your strengths and weaknesses best!
Step 5: Be sure and go for it, make the decision
Finally, when it comes to making a decision, trust yourself and make your choice. That said; remember that whatever the outcome is, the responsibility for that decision lies with you.
Decision-making is not merely a selection of choices. It is a wholesome process that shapes us. It may sometimes be the road not taken. Learning this art is very important for in its absence we may end up either being a prisoner of our own thoughts or worse, looking to others to help us find a way out. On the other hand, being able to make your own decisions will always have more pros than cons. It will improve your analytical skills and reasoning; wrong decisions will give your more insight into life and make you a wiser person and the right ones will boost your confidence.
So do not take a back seat when it comes to making decisions whether easy or tough. Some decisions that you make will be life changing. These are the ones that will define you and essentially will make you who you are. So stop spinning the top and making random decisions. Instead look at the options, weigh up the evidence, take a leap of faith and make that decision. Good luck.