Tips To Make Better Decisions
Speed isn’t everything.
Sometimes we need to take our time and weigh all our options up to make a good decision. That is particularly important when the decision you’re making has long-term or far-reaching consequences attached to it. In today’s article, I want to share with you my three favorite tips for making better decisions.
Write Down A Pros and Cons List
Whenever there’s a tough or complicated decision to make, one of your first steps should be to write up a pros and cons list. You may feel like you have a good overview of everything involved, but there’s nothing quite as clarifying as having it in front of you in black and white.
The process of making a list forces you to consider all aspects and possible outcomes. That results in you making better decisions based on all the applicable facts. You’ll find the exercise very clarifying. Don’t be surprised if an obvious choice stares you in the face by the time you’re done making your list.
Come Up With A Few Alternatives
Another great strategy to make better decisions is to weigh up all your options and come up with a few different possibilities or alternatives. Often you can get around disadvantages or things you don’t like about the obvious choice by getting a little creative and thinking outside the box.
Before you make an important decision, get in the habit of thinking through a few different alternatives. Choose the best one and move through the rest of your decision-making process. As you use this strategy of coming up with alternatives, you’ll get better at it and start seeing the bigger picture and different ways to reach the end goal. That’s a good skill to have both during decision making, and also throughout the rest of your life.
Talk To Trusted Advisers And Get Input From Team Members
Last but not least, I want you to realize that you don’t have to go it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for input about the decision you’re about to make from trusted advisers, mentors, and even the people that will be affected by your decision.
There are a couple of reasons why you want to talk to both groups of people. Advisers and mentors can help you because they have been in the same or similar situation. Tap into their experience, hear what they have to say, and then use that information as part of your decision-making process.
Involving people affected by your decision makes sense for two reasons. The first is that you get another perspective on the situation and may discover some advantages and disadvantages you haven’t thought of yet. The second (and perhaps more significant reason) is that by making them part of the process, they will be more likely to feel ownership in the decision and thus support you more in the implementation. Try it. It works.