Decision-making is the process of choosing between two or more alternatives that results in a final choice based on the values and beliefs of the person who makes a decision.
For many, making decisions is not easy, which often comes from childhood. When we are small children, our parents take full responsibility for our lives because we are not able to make serious decisions yet. This is exactly the time when they show us the example of how to make decisions. The experience of our parents is the very first experience we get since we do not have our own experience yet.
Adults can help us learn how to make decisions, share their thoughts on this matter, and build our confidence. As a result, when we grow up we are either able to make decisions without a fear of going wrong, or not.
In adult life, we start facing the challenges we need to go through, deciding on how to behave in various situations, and carrying responsibility for what we do and say. Every day we can make many choices without even thinking for a long time. We decide on what clothes to wear, what products to buy, or what movie to watch. Behind every decision, we can recognize one thing that guides us. It is a clear understanding of ourselves and what exactly we want deep inside.
When you know yourself good enough, which means that you can easily understand what you want and distinguish what is comfortable for you and what is not, then you can make decisions easier and faster. While making a choice on your own, you know what is best for you when deciding on, for example, between having porridge or croissants for breakfast. When it comes to the choice of something bigger than lunch or dress for the day, like house or car purchase, choice of a future profession, or action that may affect a destiny of the company you are running, then decision-making requires more time and responsibility.
By trying to make a decision, we are often in doubts and give estimates whether we make the right choice or a wrong one. They say there is actually no right or wrong decision as well as no recipe of what decisions to make in the specific situations; there are only consequences that take place after the decision has been made. Only time, efforts, and experience can show the way to the proper decisions and there are some helpful rules that we can follow.
While some of us are fast at making decisions, others need more time to weight their thoughts. One can determine some rules to go step by step to reach the final decision easier.
They are the following:
Create a forecast. Predictions of possible result can help you avoid negative implications.
Let intuition step in. Logic doesn’t always play the largest role, while listening to your inner voice is the best decision-maker.
Feel all reactions of your body. Psychologists say that our body can show us the right or wrong decisions for us. Feeling relaxation and a rush of energy with a single thought of your decision means that you do not go wrong, while a sudden tension in your head, stomach, or other organ and a part of your body is a signal to reconsider your decision.
Listen to “pro” or “cons” of other people. Everyone has different experience and totally different solutions to offer on the same situation. They can brainstorm the ideas you could not even think of.
Write down all the fears you have regarding the situation. Realizing all of them can show you what interferes with your decision and what affects it at its best. Your fear of failure can simply make you change your mind and decision.
Rely upon your past success and failure. Your own experience is one of the best advisers you can trust. Analyze how you acted in the past, what results you have reached, and how to make your future decision better.
Ask yourself about possible regrets you may feel in the end. When you have any, then the decision can be probably not too good for you and possible third parties.
Turn your emotions off as they gloss over the true result. This way, purchase of an animal makes you feel happy while you think of it and when you see it for the very first time. After a while, emotions calm down leaving you alone with the responsibility you have taken.
Make serious decisions when you are relaxed, had enough rest and sleep.
All in one, all the statements above can lead you the right way to your true decision. You learn to understand yourself better with every next decision you make, which will accelerate a decision-making process in future.