We make decisions every day, big and small. And we want to make good decisions.
A day never goes by that we don’t have to make decisions. Effective decision making looks easy when some people do it. What is it that they do?
How can you make better decisions?
Our decisions affect every aspect of life. Our decisions also affect everyone else in our life, too. Our kids, our coworkers, our friends—everyone! Making effective decisions is one of the most important things we can do.
Here are 3 tools for effective decision making:
1.Isolate the dilemma.
Get clear as to what you are deciding on. Problems and challenges can be identified as issues, if resolved, will get us to where we want to go. Sometimes we tend to be vague on what the real issue is. So, ask yourself, “What is it that I am deciding on?” Is it whether or not to take the job offer, whether or not to buy a new home, or whether to home school your kids or use public or private schools?
2. List the pros and the cons of each option.
Understand and list your options. Write one option at the top of the page. Draw a line down the middle. On one side write all of the potential pros. On the other side list the cons. Do this with each option. This can serve as a balance scale helping to weigh your decision. Ask others for their experiences. Talk with your inner circle such as your spouse, your kids, your friends, or consult with a professional that has experience in solving the same or similar problems.
3. Trust your gut feeling.
Listen to your intuition. Intuition signals our body to give an answer in terms of a feeling. If the answer from our intellectual is neutral, then we must rely on our intuition to help make the better decision.
Effective decision making can only improve your quality of life. Use these tools to help you live the life you deserve.
Best of success to you!