Life is full of hard decisions, whether they are small, or potentially life changing. The bigger they are and the more options we have, the harder they seem to get. It can be quite nerve wracking making a decision, in case you make the wrong one. What car should I buy? Do we want another baby? Is this the right house for us? Should I take this job or wait for a better one?
Quite frankly you never really know if you are actually making the ‘right’ decision!
7 tips to help you make that decision:
- What’s the problem? – Be clear about your goals from the start. Identify the decision to be made, including the objectives and outcome that you want to achieve. Write it down, so you are clear on what you are trying to resolve. What are your priorities? How important is it to you?
- Do your research – Put in the time and effort to gather as much information as you can, in order to assess your options. Doing this will help you better understand what needs to be done, in order to solve the problem. Ask for advice from others, but always make your own decision.
- List your alternatives – We can react and make a decision pretty quickly if we only have 2 options, especially if one looks to be a little clearer. Any more than 2 and we tend to stall. Try to narrow your options down, as more choices will make the decision far more difficult.
- Go through the Pros and Cons – Make a list of all the positive and negative things associated with each option you have. Decide what is important to you and what isn’t. You may find that one of the lists is far longer than the other!
- Ask Why? – Asking yourself why can be a problem solving technique. Why do I want a career change? I am bored in my current job and need a challenge. Why is that important? I want a career and not just a job. Why? I want to wake up every day and be excited about going to work.
- Think about the outcome of your decision – think long term. What is the likely outcome of this decision? What will happen if you do the opposite?
- Listen to you instincts – You probably know yourself better than you realise. Reacting from your gut instinct can often be less stressful than weighing up the different options. Quite often people who trust their instincts, tend to be happier with their decisions.
As soon as you have enough information to make an informed decision, DO IT. Put the decision down on paper, take action and move forward.
Do something, anything at all, just take a step forward.
Make the Change.