5 Tips On Making Effective Decisions
Life is full of decisions
Life was easy when we were children. A child is only responsible for their own actions. They are not required to make difficult decisions. Adults/parents help children learn how to make responsible choices.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11
Making good decisions should not be stressful!
Unfortunately, many adults/parents have difficulty in decisiveness. It is almost impossible to teach a child how to make responsible decisions if we can not make them for our self as an adult.
We should try to remember that the choices we make in life are not always complicated. We make uncomplicated decisions every day.
Some choices are made for us without thinking about them. They are “auto-pilot” decisions, and are the ones our body needs to survive, e.g., wake-up in the morning, eat and go to the bathroom (they are as essential as breathing).
The Complication of Decisions
As we get older, we realize that the decisions we face become more complicated. Sometimes, it is difficult to see if there is a right or wrong answer until we have made a choice. Our decisions can affect many different things, e.g., our life, family members and how our children make choices in their life.
A person can look back on their life and wonder if they made the right decisions (sometimes knowing they made the wrong choices). It still leads everyone to one key question, how do I visualize the right solutions for my choices in life?
Do I take the job?
Do I get married?
Do I have children?
One of the easiest decisions anyone can make is learning about the decision-making process. When a person understands more about how they make decisions it will become simpler.
5 Tips on Making Decisions
1. Envision- Take the time to envision all the outcomes of your choice. Some people find it helpful to make a list of pros and cons based on their desired resolution for the problem.
2. Guts – Don’t ignore what your heart and mind are telling you. References to help us make decisions are in everyone’s life. It truly is okay to say, “I am making a choice. I will not second guess myself!“
3. Peer pressure – Do not allow other people to become the main reason for anything you decide upon. If Henry Ford had listened to others, today’s world would look a little different. Many people thought the automobile or “horseless carriage” was a fad and would never be affordable except by the ultra rich.
4. Implement – Once your decision has been made do not think about it anymore. Begin to believe that you made the right choice. No longer worry about the other choices.
5. Evaluate – When a decision has been fully implemented it is beneficial to see if it has the desired outcomes you envisioned. At some future point evaluate the choice you made. It is possible that we do not like the results of our choice. It’s okay to admit that you have made a wrong decision and carry out changes.
Learning how to make proper decisions is essential. It is a life skill that can help reduce stressful situations and make a person happier!
Do you have problems when faced with difficult choices? What do you do to help make decisions? Do you always second guess yourself or immediately live with your choice? Tell me in the comments!!
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