Controlling the decision-making process is important for health and leadership. Many people are frustrated with choices, suffer from indecisiveness, and are pressured by disability analysis. However, it is possible to overcome all of these and learn to make good decisions.
You want to make the right decision for yourself or your business, and, in most cases, the vast majority of the options you have to go through ask you exactly what decisions you are making.
Research from Cornell University shows that we make more than 200 decisions per day on diet alone . Imagine how many decisions we must make in general!
If you find that you have a problem making a decision, you tend to guess or regret it after the decision, or you would like other resources in your decision-making tool, you are in the right place. Let’s get into the decision-making process.
Three P’s decision-making process
The 3 P of the decision-making process is as follows:
Opinion: What to consider when making a decision
Procedure: decision-making steps
Preferences: Identify your best decision-making strategies
As you know, we make tens of thousands of decisions every day. Much good decision making will depend on how we think about it. Here are some things to consider:
Decide on the content
How important is this decision? Sometimes we suffer because of very small decisions, such as what to eat or what to wear.
The next time you hold on to a decision, take a step back and ask yourself to weigh the significance of the decision. Use one to five scales, five for a critical decision in your life (changing jobs, who you will marry, or should you have children) and for one to be pure, with minimal consequences (what foods to order or comment on social media).
If it is the fourth or fifth time, you may want to spend more time on it, but if it is one, you can quickly decide and move on.
Many ancient philosophers from Aristotle to Socrates have applauded the benefits of “knowing yourself”. This also applies to decision-making, too. We make decisions based on our vision and lens and it is important to know them: your style, your values, your beliefs, your fears, your stories and what works for you.
When you have a strong sense of self, it makes many decisions faster and easier. For example, if you know your values, and, for example, you know you value family, it is easy to decide not to miss that event of your child’s soccer game.
In his book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, Barry Schwartz talks about the power of contentment (yes, by word) instead of magnification.
Maximizers want to make the best decision. They pull out all the other methods that try to find the right one. This often leads to analysis of the disability, stress of the decision, and regret once the decision has been made.
Satisfied people want to get “good enough.” They know that there has never been a better choice and they want to find a solution that meets their many needs or requirements.
When you learn to be content instead of growing up, you can make better, faster decisions with little regret.
Accept the fact that you will not always like your decision
Often, people are reluctant to make a decision because they do not like the decision – even though they know it is the best decision to make. And because the decision is right it does not make it easy to make it.
I encounter this with customers all the time. They tell me they don’t know what to do; but as we speak, they actually know exactly what they need to do; they just don’t like the answer. This is especially true when people have a real problem, when all options are equally bad, but choices are inevitable.
Identify what the easiest decisions are
When more decisions are made, more power is used. Ultimately, this includes your ability to make wise decisions. This is called decision fatigue.
One study, for example, showed that “patients who met a surgeon at the end of his or her career were 33 percent less likely to be scheduled for surgery than those who had been diagnosed earlier” . Surgeons were tired of the decisions and were less likely to decide to operate on a patient, even though the patient may have needed it.
There are many areas in your life where you can make decisions so you do not have to make them at all. This leaves the bandwidth of a higher sense of important decisions.
Think about the decisions you make in your daily life where you can move the process and set the default options instead. Maybe that’s what you eat. Can you simplify and have fried eggs every morning so you don’t have to make that decision?
How can you reduce or eliminate choices in your life to make room for the most important ones?
In 2007, Pam Brown of Singleton Hospital in Wales underwent a seven-step decision-making process. Many others have followed in his footsteps, with hundreds of variations of this same formula.
Here are 7 steps:
- Define the goal and the outcome
What decision are you trying to make? What are you trying to accomplish with this decision? Be clear about the problem and the decision.
- Assemble Data
Here, you need to gather the right information to make an informed decision. What do you need to know before choosing?
- Develop alternatives
Analyze ideas and see your options. You want to make sure you have enough options to make a good decision, but not so many that you feel frustrated.
- List Good and Bad
In this step, weigh the evidence and consider the pros and cons of each item. You can also consider how likely each option is to meet your goals.
- Make the Decision
Decision time. Here, choose from among other things based on the information you have collected.
- Act Promptly
You have chosen the course you are going to take. What is your first step? Do it very quickly – no excuses!
- Read and meditate
Now, it’s time to review your decision-making process, understand the consequences and consequences of your decision, and use that knowledge to improve your decision-making in the future.
Once you have an idea and understand the process, you can continue to use a strategy that works best for you.
Listen to Your Inner Voice
Rely on your gut to solve the problem. Stop listening to everyone and what they say you should do, and be clear about what you believe.
Find Risks and Rewards
Is the reward worth the risk? Is the profit worth the cost? There will always be a trade in health; are they welcome?
Call a friend
It is difficult to make decisions on your own, so get help! Think of a great friend (who can listen), a coach (who can interview you with appropriate questions to express your thoughts), or a mentor (who has been in that situation before).
Be careful who you involve. Part of the challenge in making decisions is not being distracted from your beliefs. Everyone will have an opinion. Don’t let anyone show you another way when you know something is right for you.
Use Your Reading Preferences
Are you a person who makes visual, emotional, or emotional decisions? How do you know? Reflect on the recent decision that you made, and keep it in mind as you go through the process. Did you do it based on the image you have of what it will look like (visually), your inner speech or dialogue (hearing), or the feeling you have (kinesthetic)?
Take the Initiative
Sometimes you don’t know until you’re “in it.” When faced with two decisions, make the best choice for the information you have and what you feel best, and then start moving. You will know if that option is right for you if you feel good as you move forward.
Use Your Emotions
Our emotions affect our ability to make decisions. When you know and understand your emotional state, you can make better decisions.
On the flip side, where you do not know your feelings and whether they are really connected to the decision itself, then you can make the wrong decisions for the wrong reasons.
See the graph below for details on how to identify and read your feelings:
Lay on It
If you have a big decision to make, think about it before going to bed, but wait to make the decision until you get up the next morning. When you sleep on it, you make better decisions in a clear sense.
Sometimes we push ourselves or set a deadline, and we have no answer because we are not ready or it is not the right time… yet.
If you have freedom, sometimes the best thing you can do is wait for the right decision. Sometimes this can be minutes or a few hours, and sometimes it can be months.
Making decisions can be difficult, but they do not have to happen. If you apply the strategies outlined above, you can make the decision-making process work for you over time. Find out what works best for you, and incorporate them into your decision-making process that will lead to a better life.
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