Decision making is a critical part of everyday life. Sometimes we have time to think, other times we have to think on our feet. So when the pressure’s on and your back’s against the wall you need to keep control of your decision-making as it will lead to better execution, even in the toughest situation. Check out our five steps to making decision-making happen faster, clearer and easier:
Never base decisions on what others think you should do or trying to prove yourself to someone. Decisions are easier when you think out what you DO and DON’T want. Know your motivations and ask: “Why am I doing this?” If the answer doesn’t sit right, then reassess your options and your decisions.
Listen to your intuition
If you’re caught in the middle of a problem, take time out. Take a breather or sleep on it overnight. Give yourself wriggle room and listen to your intuition as it’s usually the best guide.
Do what’s right – even if it’s doing nothing!
Sometimes, when you’re offered A or B, the right choice is neither! It’s perfectly ok for you to walk away from a decision, if it’s in your best interests to do so. Making a decision to do nothing isn’t always the easiest, but would you prefer to make a decision that you’re not happy with, or be able to walk with your head held high?
Emotion drives motivation!
Feelings play a huge part in our decision-making. Emotions can motivate us to behave in surprising ways, including making irrational ones based on old personal patterns. Knowing what emotion is driving you will make the process easier. For example, are you being driven by a desire to improve your situation or the need for a power trip? Once you understand yourself, you can avoid unnecessary dramas.
Flip a coin!
These actually involve more than just making a simple choice, they allow you to react on intuitive beliefs. They make the decision simple. Are you happy with your choice? Do you give yourself time to think or do you roll a dice? Do you have an unusual method that works? Share your thoughts below