Making the Right DecisionMay 11, 2022
Making a decision is never an easy task. First, you have to weigh your options, consider the consequences of each choice, and then make the best decision. Unfortunately, some people don't take the time to do this properly. Instead, they choose the first option that comes to mind or let someone else decide for them, leading to disaster. Therefore, if you want to make the right decision, you need to follow some steps to ensure you make the right one.
Decision-making can be an arduous task.
Decision-making is an activity that we do in our everyday lives. However, it can be a time-consuming task if we don't know how to make the right decisions. We have to make decisions about many things in our lives, ranging from simple things like deciding what to eat to more complicated ones like making a career change. Even choosing something simple like figuring out what to eat can become a mind-boggling task if you can't make up your mind over what to pick.
Decision-making can be challenging if we don't know how to proceed. Often, we pick the decision that will give the most happiness and fulfillment while having the least amount of loss or negative consequences. In other words, our emotions play an essential part in making a good decision. Nevertheless, it's vital to consider some things before deciding on something to avoid getting frustrated with the possible consequences. Of course, we never know what can happen after deciding on something, but if we made the right moves beforehand, at least we won't feel guilty about the choice we make.
1. Limit the number of options you have to consider
Things can get more complicated if you have to pick one option from a range of multiple choices. For example, deciding what to wear before going to the office can become time-consuming if you choose from many outfits in your wardrobe. Therefore, to optimize the decision-making process, one can limit the number of clothing you have to choose from or prepare a set of clothes you would like to wear for the week. When narrowing down the number of options, retain the choices that resonate with your values and interests and weed out the least significant ones. Having fewer choices makes it easier to make good decisions by not overwhelming your mind with too much information to process.
2. Do not decide while stressed or you're angry
We mentioned before that our emotions play a crucial part in picking an option that will give us the most positive feelings afterward. However, emotions also play a role while still making decisions over something. Never decide while you are stressed or angry, as your mind won't be in the proper condition to make rational decisions. The chances are good that you may make rash decisions while stressed or angry. It can only lead you to feel guilty and have remorse once something wrong happens after deciding rashly about something. So whenever you have to decide on something, do it when you are calm, and your mind is in good condition, especially if you have to make a tough decision over something life-changing.
3. Don't rush unless you have a deadline
Many decisions will turn out better if you have the time to think things through before making a final decision. So if there is no looming deadline for a decision you have to make, take your time and think carefully about the right direction you should take. Consider all the options you have and weigh their implications.
Some situations are a different story, though, involving making a quick decision about something, usually at the spur of the moment. Quick thinking and good decision-making skills are what one needs during times like these, and experience handling similar situations will also come in handy. The outcome of such cases can be risky, so one needs to be mentally prepared when taking times like these.
4. List the pros and cons of each option, and weigh them carefully
Once you have narrowed down your choices, you can list the pros and cons of each option. By listing down these things, you can quantify how many benefits one decision will give you compared to others and the negative aspects of each option. One deciding factor you can use is that whatever option has the most advantages is the one you will take. However, you still need to carefully identify how much impact each option's pros have on you. For example, if you decide what job to take for your career move, one job may win you over the others, even if it only has one benefit. So if you value having a work-life balance in your next job, meaning you get to spend quality time for yourself and your family, you will pick the job whose office is closest to your house. Even if the other job offers have higher salaries, competitive benefits, or career-advancement opportunities, you may gloss over them as what they offer is not aligned with what you value.
5. Identify your goals and values
When making tough decisions, an excellent factor to consider is choosing the option that aligns with your goals and values in life. For example, if you value living a healthy life and your goal is to have a fit body, it wouldn't be challenging to choose when deciding what to eat. No matter how delicious some food choices are, you will pick the healthy ones. Likewise, when faced with decisions involving your morals, choose the one that aligns with your values. For other choices, consider whether they will contribute anything to your goals. Having a clear anchor for deciding something makes it easier to eliminate the options that won't follow your beliefs and goals in life.
6. Ask for advice from somebody
If, in the end, you are still having trouble considering what to do, you may try consulting with other people. Ask them what they will choose if they are in the same situation as you. Their answers may give you other alternatives and perspectives. Also, try consulting somebody who has experienced the same problem you currently have. If they managed to get a successful outcome, ask them what they did. It's possible that what they did may also work for you. When asking others for their opinion, remember that their experience and situation can be different than yours, and that's why things worked for them. However, your goal is to get an idea about what other options there are, and their answers may influence what decision you will make for yourself.
Good decision-making comes from careful consideration and thinking.
Making decisions is a part of life. To be a good decision-maker, one must consider all the possibilities and consequences of making each decision. Unfortunately, it can get overwhelming, and one may resort to relying only on gut instincts to make a choice. Moreover, unwise choices might not affect small things like deciding what color of an item to buy, picking what candy to eat, or what shoes to wear for an outing. One should exercise careful consideration and plan for something that involves making big decisions or difficult decisions that impact your life and others. Think about the long-term impact your choices may create. Remember that no matter how well-thought a decision is, unpredictable things may still happen in the future. However, if we carefully prepare and consider things before deciding about something, we can at least mitigate the negative consequences and make us think we made the right decision.