to Make Decisions
to Make Decisions
Making decisions can be intimidating
and time-consuming. And while there's
no easy way to just make them, the
following tips can help you in that
1. Mark out the parameters of the
decision clearly: What choices do
you have? Are there more than two?
2. Gather as much information as
you can about each alternative -
talk to the appropriate people,
solicit advice from friends and
family, and research by reading
books and magazine or newspaper
3. Get the experience that will
help you make an informed decision.
For example, if you're trying to
decide whether to become a doctor
or not, first volunteer at a hospital
4. Jot down a list of pros and cons
for each decision. Prioritize which
considerations are very important
to you, and which are less so.
5. Recognize that there are no right
reasons for making a particular
decision. The fact that a particular
path is important to you, regardless
of what others think, legitimizes
6. Think honestly about any fears,
motives or biases guiding your thinking.
Recognize them for what they are.
7. Brainstorm alternatives. Can
you synthesize the available alternatives
into a compromise that maximizes
the pros and minimizes the cons?
Look for ways to have your cake
and eat it too.
8. Put an end to collecting information
about your decision. Avoid thinking
that with just a little more time
and information, you'll be able
to make the one perfect decision.
Remember that no decision is perfect
and that all choices are made in
a condition of some uncertainty.
9. Recognize that you might learn
things in hindsight that would have
changed your decision had you known
about them earlier. This thought
is normal, and should not be allowed
to stall your decision making.
10. Make the decision.
Critically evaluate your decision
from time to time - if you don't
like how things are progressing,
try something else.
If all else fails, try going with
your gut feeling.
Keep one eye on the clock; avoid
endless delays in making a decision
for fear that you don't know enough
or will make the wrong choice.
Don't doubt yourself! by eHow Friend
If you made a desision, go with
it. Don't change your mind every
time somebody says something that
makes you unsure.
It's YOUR decision! by Julie L.
Remember that above all else, the
choice is yours. Listen to the opinions
of others but take them with a grain
of salt. There are all kinds of
biases and motives affecting them
that may not be affecting you. Listen
to what you want and remember that
it is your decision.
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