Decision making is such an imperative skill which we all wish to excel at. No matter whatever role you play, you have to be a decision maker several times a day. Whether it is choosing what you plan to eat or what you wish to wear to what you choose to be or what you wish to learn, none of us can escape from making tons of decisions each day.
Some of us are very organized when it comes to choosing between the choices we have but some of us struggle and swing between the ifs and buts for long. It also depends on the kind of decision we have to make, the relevance of the decision on our immediate lifestyle thus they can be summed up as a short-term decision or long-term decision. A short-term decision surely will have its implications soon enough whereas the long-term decision will have implications as the life unfolds, not immediately but sometime in the course of our life.
Life, in general, expects us to be a fine decision maker as we often encounter multiple routes which lead to our final destination. There are times when we applaud ourselves for a decision well made and on other occasions, we often condemn our poor choices.
How to polish the decision-making abilities?
1. Carefully innumerate the choices you have
One should try to enlist all the options available or all the choices one has in order to finally arrive at a decision. Imagine if your GPS does not have the option of showing you an alternate route in case of a detour! Similarly, in life, we should closely evaluate all the plausible options, especially for the pertinent life decisions. The more options you have the more liberty you have to choose what suits you better.
2. Eliminate the choices which are of no or less relevance
This process is like that of separating the husk from the grain. You need to narrow down the choices, removing the ones which hold of no value to you or of relatively lesser value. This surely is a skill, but the more you use this the better you get at it.
3. Use your problem-solving skills to measure the consequences of your act
Each decision will have an effect – it could be now or in the future. Evaluation of the result of the decision in the present time frame vs that of future time frame gives us perspective. Look out of these perspectives.
4. Channelize your gut feeling
We often do know what we want even before we begin to rationalize. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t always be heart overhead or head over heart tiff. Listen to the inner voice, often it is right.
5. Take ownership
Not all decisions are either black or white, sometimes a decision may hold some good but some bad to it, all at the same time. Believe in yourself. Take responsibility if things do not work out as you thought it may. Every wrong turn does not lead to a dead end, and let’s say even if it does you can still find a way to slow down and eventually take a U-turn. Have faith, learn from your mistakes and try to minimize them next time.
What do you think about this topic, share your views? Would love to have some perspective.