Life is all about making decisions, from our childhood to our adult life. However, for many of us, making decisions is quite difficult, as we might overanalyze situations, or simply be a bit too spontaneous and not analytical enough. Therefore, we are gathering five great tips that will help us learn how to make better decisions. This way, we will be able to deal with day to day situations that can have an impact in the long run, too.
- Try to get some rest before deciding. Whenever we have to make a big decision, it is always better to do it when rested. This will allow us to stay focused and motivated, giving the situation all of our attention. Most of the time, making a big decision when we are tired or under a lot of stress won’t lead to the results we are hoping for. Thus, taking a nap or waiting until the next day if possible is the best way to go.
- Don’t rush it and take your time. Also, we need to take the time to think clearly and logically, considering all the possible outputs before making a rushed decision instead. When we are under pressure, we might end up missing the right decision, since our fast-thinking skills might take over. If we can, we should take some time to clear our minds and then make a decision.
- Make sure you have all the facts together. In order to make smart decisions, we need to get as much information about the situation as we can. This will allow us to fully understand what the outcomes could be, whether positive or negative. Also, we will be more prepared to accept the results of our decision and react to them appropriately.
- Keep an open mind to all possibilities. One key aspect of making better decisions is keeping an open mind to all possibilities, even when it means things may not go the way we want. When we stay open and accept different results, we can either learn to welcome different outcomes as well as dealing with them in case they were not what we were expecting. Even when it might not seem like it, this is a great way to make better decisions.
- Work on developing rules and strategies. Last but not least, we need to take the time and work on developing different rules and strategies that will help us make better decisions. It can be easy to get tired and feel frustrated when dealing with difficult situations, and making decisions under those circumstances isn’t ideal. However, when we have a defined system that can make the process much easier, we will feel more prepared to make a big decision.
“Never bring the problem-solving stage
into the decision-making stage.
Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem
rather than the solution.”
Robert H. Schuller