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Decisions. . . decisions. . . decisions!

Tips For Good Decision Making – Get relaxed, be positive, be confident, be present, be focused on the task. Making a good decision requires us to identify the real goal.

DecisionsDecision making skills are critical to personal and professional success. All to often we make important decisions based on emotions, like frustration and fear, or on wishes and desires. These decisions have great potential to backfire, or not produce the desired results. Truly effective decision-making takes time – it is a process that calls for us to look at the situation or problem with a clear perspective and accurate information. Don’t be timid about taking time to engage in the process before making that important choice.

Once we have identified the real goal for our decision, we need to determine the objectives that will support that goal. If we know what the goal is, and we are clear on what objectives must be met to reach that goal, we can now look for alternatives. This is where the decision-making process really begins!

There are so many tools at our disposal for decision-making, from easy simple ones, to more in-depth skilled ones. A simple pro and con list is a great way to break down options. Helping us to set aside some of the emotional stress that problems can stir up, a pro/con list for each alternative will allow us to look at the alternatives in an objective way. It will clarify potential consequences and open our eyes to benefits we had not yet considered.

A more complex tool is to create consequence models and weighted scoring tables – while this tool sounds like a sophisticated statistics or mathematical model, it really isn’t at all – it just has to be learned! There is a very clear set of steps involved and the results provide clear indicators of the most reasonable alternative for a given situation.

If all of that sounds like a lot more work than you have to spend on analyzing the alternatives and objectives for the decision at hand, then at the very least take some time to sit in a quiet spot and really think about the alternatives.  What are the alternative solutions to the situation? What does each alternative has to offer, both in regards to consequences and benefits.

Breath deeply. . .relax.

Be confident in your ability.

Be present . . .focus on the goal.

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