There is no part of our lives that isn’t touched by decision making. Whether the decisions is as simple as choosing what you want to have for dinner or whether or not you should take a risk in business, like leaving a your career to begin a new entrepreneurial opportunity. Many people struggle with decision making. They either find they simply cannot make a decision, or they may instead feel regret for making the wrong decision too quickly.
Whether or not you fall on one side of this spectrum or the other, or even somewhere in between, there are many steps you can take to help yourself become a better decision maker. Becoming a better decision maker will have direct impacts on your confidence and may even help propel you into success.
Imagine what it would feel like to confidently know that you are entering into a decision-making process with tools to help you make positive and meaningful decisions in your life. Decision making is never easy business but having the right strategies in place to make you become a better decision maker can be freeing and have confidence boosting effects.
Decision Making Toolkit
Think of these tips as your tool kit to better decision making. When you know you will need to make a tough or impactful decision, consider applying these steps to your decision-making process. The result should be that you feel more confident and equipped to make a decision that is fully informed.
Get the information – Gather as much information as you can on the topic of your decision as you can. If you are considering accepting a new position but aren’t sure about it, gather all the information you can about your current position and the new one. If the decision is less personal and more business related, consider gathering all the relevant data that affects your decision. Information is power, and the right information can help guide you to a positive decision. Don’t make decisions blindly.
Talk It Out – This tip applies to not only personal decision making but also applies to entrepreneurial and business decisions. If your decision is more personal in nature talk with a friend about the decision you have to make and let them help you uncover different outcomes. They may have a fresh perspective on a topic that you hadn’t considered, or they may help you find flaws within your thought process. A trusted friend can be a must have for any decision-making tool kit.
If the decision is not personal but more business oriented ask the experts. Get in touch with people who have been where you are before. Ask questions and ask for guidance when possible. Part of this can help you by gathering more information but it may also help you to consider all possible outcomes to your decision making.
Understand the Risks and Benefits – be critical of the risks and benefits of making a decision. Any decision you make will likely have both risks and reward. Determine what these are for each scenario. This step may make things clear by showing you what possible outcomes could mean to your future. Make lists if this helps make the picture clearer and allow yourself time to think through more than just two options.
Make your list smaller – Don’t over-complicate your decision-making process. Rule out the scenarios that won’t be right for you and don’t dwell on them. This step can be hard for those who get stuck when making a decision. As you gather information, understand risks and benefits and talk with a friend you should find it easier to eliminate options that aren’t right for you.
Don’t Settle – Don’t make a decision just because it’s the easy one. People who regret their decisions may fall victim to settling. Even if a decision is hard to make you are worthy of taking the time to make the best decision for yourself. Take time to incorporate the previous tips and don’t settle for the easiest outcome. Sometimes the easiest path is the best one but ensure it is also the right one by taking your time to work out the best solution.
Go with you gut – Sometimes it really is as simple as going with your gut. You possess intuition and you shouldn’t dismiss the feeling that you “just know” that the decision you are planning on making is the right one. You should, of course, apply other decision-making strategies to ensure your decision is informed and will not put you into financial or physical harm. But it is important to trust yourself and go with your feelings. If you just don’t feel a potential business partner will be a good fit despite all other signs pointing yet you might just be right, don’t discount your own feelings.
Making Decisions Everyday
Not all decisions you make will require you to dig deep and evaluate your options. But the ones that truly matter will likely demand more of your attention than frivolous decisions. When you are faced with making a decision that impacts your personal life, career or business it is critical that you dig deeper into how you make your decisions.
If you seem stuck and are looking for guidance in decisions making it may be a good idea to speak with a life coach. Many people struggle with decision making due to a lack of confidence either within themselves or with their knowledge. A life coach can help you by focusing on confidence coaching and can develop strategies to help build self-confidence and make better decisions.
Don’t forget that you are capable of making great decisions. You deserve the time it takes to make decisions that will positively affect your life. Get the information, talk it over, and weight the risks and benefits. At the end of the day, only you know what the right decision is for yourself. Allow yourself time to reflect and you will find yourself making great decisions that you won’t regret.