How to Make Decisions

How 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 direction.

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 articles.

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 or clinic.

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 it.

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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