A Guide for Your Decision Making Process

By on February 8, 2016 in All 2017

If you’re in the middle of a decision making process and you are trying to seek help to guide you; you have landed on the right page. It is very understandable that making a decision is very difficult for many individuals. After all, most big decisions require taking risks, and not many are willing to take those risks and face consequences of their decisions. It is important to remember though that taking risks and making smart decisions can eventually lead you to make great changes not only in your life but in others as well.

If you are in a decision making process of something as simple as what you are going to wear or eat today, don’t overthink too much. When it comes to clothes, the best attitude is to take into consideration what Harvey Specter said in the series Suits: “Your appearance is just as important as your talent.” Do not overdress but don’t underdress either. You don’t know who you will be meeting or who you might need to impress today, and this can either make or break you. For your food, just think of the future. Will daily intake of super oily bacon on huge burgers have a good effect on your health in the long run? Do you think you’d still be as strong as you are today compared to your body ten years from now? You are what you eat so you might as well consider that as well.

For riskier choices and bigger things that you need to decide on, a more complicated yet still quite simple decision making process is involved. These decisions could be anything like whether it’s time to quit your low-paying but stable job and apply for a new one without a guarantee of stability or whether you should purchase your dream car when you already have a simple sedan that still functions well or begin applying for a mortgage so that you can finally live in your own home. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide that you can take into consideration:

  1. Set a time limit or a deadline for you to finally make a decision. Without doing so, you might make instant decisions later on without really thinking about it.
  2. Determine whether something is a “need” or just a simple “want”. Especially if this involves your finances such as buying a new gadget that you don’t really need, take time to question yourself whether it’s something you can afford. Sometimes you may feel like you need to reward yourself because you deserve it but then, do you really need this now? You can reward yourself with something even better later on anyway.
  3. Seek advice from someone you trust like your parents, your reliable best friend, your boss or a mentor. It is better if you get a “second opinion” from a trusted person who you believe has made very good decisions in the past.
  4. Write down pros and cons. This may sound like it would take too much effort but writing down will help you a lot in the decision making process. Weigh your options and decide from there if it’s worth the risk.
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