Sometimes we are faced with problems and challenges — along with exciting things too — that require us to make a decision one way or another.
But sometimes it can be hard for us to choose something over another and that can lead to procrastination. It is never a good situation when you are forced to choose something so see if these tips can help you in making better decisions:
1. Determine the Purposes of Your Decision Making:
The first step in the decision-making process is to determine why you need to make the decision. If you are buying a new appliance is it because you want a new and improved appliance or is it out of necessity, i.e., the old one broke down. Or perhaps the new one could also save you money by being more energy efficient. Maybe you’re trying to figure out where to take your next vacation.
2. Consider the Pros and Cons:
Try to think of all the benefits that will happen when you make a decision and weigh them against the negative aspects. You can get help from friends and family if you’re having a difficult time coming up with them. Take into account the magnitude of each of the pros and cons.
3. Get All the Facts:
If there is information available regarding the components involved in the decision, use them to your advantage. Perhaps you can find others that were faced with a similar decision who you can rely on to give some advice. This is the very reason why product reviews have become so popular.
4. Try to Project the Outcome of Your Decisions:
This one could be challenging because you won’t always know what the outcomes may be. Again, if you can find others with similar experiences, that can help. But sometimes, you have to take an educated guess as to what may happen if you go with a particular decision. Also, take into consideration what happens if you don’t make the decision. That can have consequences as well. (And remember, not making a decision is actually making a decision.)
5. Take Some Chances:
When all else fails, try taking a chance by making a particular decision. While you may prefer to play it safe, this could be exactly what is holding you back. Great success stories often come from people who decided to take chances even with the odds were stacked against them.
6. Rely on Colleagues and Friends:
Sometimes, getting a viewpoint from the people that you connect with can make it easier to make a decision. Of course, you don’t want to let them make the decision for you. In the end, you are the one responsible for the outcome of the decision. You should not go back to people who offered advice and say it was their fault if you followed them.
7. Seek Professional Advice:
Some decisions may require certain knowledge that you may not have. An example would be starting a business for the first time. In such a case, it may be helpful to get some professional help. Find someone who is familiar with the components of the decision. This will likely cost some money but it’s likely to cost even more in the long run if you don’t do this.
8. Trust Your Instincts:
People second-guess themselves all the time. They don’t like to be wrong about the decisions they make. But sometimes, it can be a matter of trusting your own instincts — going with your gut. A good example of this is, when you feel deep inside, that something just doesn’t seem right with the decision at hand. Another example is when things seem too good to be true. Trust yourself. I know that any time I’ve gone against what my intuition was telling me that it turned out to be a mistake.