Decision-making…. grrr. grumble, grumble… just chill….

When faced with a small problem to a major dilemma, it is important to approach it with the same, consistent systematic process I’ve outline here. Some of these steps may seem a bit common sense and elementary, but they are the steps nonetheless. When clouded by impaired judgment, sometimes it’s best to have an “emergency procedure” already laid out for guidance, despite outside influences.

1. Always have a clear goal; know what you want. Be careful for what you wish for. You should also be prepared for _attaining_ your goal, and maybe even surpassing it. Be ready for success.

2. Know your sh*t. The best decisions are made by one individual who is well-informed on the matter. Using a committee of a few people who may not be so versed and focused on the situation is inviting trouble in the form of an uniformed decision, also known as a bad decision. Be informed on the subject of your decision… do the research. A solid knowledge base is the best defense for bad decision-making. If you have any doubts at all, find out what you need to be sure what you’re doing is for the best possible outcome.

3. Stop! Break it down! If a problem is a complicated mess, break it down into small, manageable pieces so that you may tackle several small problems and you’ll soon find your way to a solution.

4. Don’t ignore your instincts…. Go with your gut. Most of the time, your first glimmer of intuition can be your best guide. Be prepared for people to not agree with your decisions. They may not have the same perspective that you do, let alone vision. Making the best decision possible, based on what you know is what matters first and foremost. Go with what you know. Be impartial and remain uninfluenced (see #5).

Do what you can for now, and be flexible and open-minded enough to be ready to adapt according to the outcome.

5. If you snooze, you lose. Don’t procrastinate on a decision, it could mean missed opportunities, however NEVER rush to make decisions when ruled by emotion. If you are too invested or emotional, have an impartial party weigh the situation and make the decision without bias.

 

Psychology Today Put up a reading list on Decision-Making.

Chocolate or strawberry? Life or death? We make tons of quick decisions unconsciously; others we hem and haw over in agony. We choose actions and form opinions via mental processes which are influenced by biases, reason, emotions, and memories.

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~ by The Gallery Goddess on October 11, 2011.

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