Decision making: Do it now! Here are 9 tips for better decision making.What might help? Tips for better decision making
Better decision making
Making decisions can be difficult. Your success depends on your ability to develop speed as a habit in both; decision making and executing on decisions. here are a few tips for better decision making. Don’t even avoid making the hard decisions.
When you think about it, all business activity really comes down to two simple things: Making decisions and executing on decisions. Your success depends on your ability to develop speed as a habit in both. I believe that speed, like exercise and eating healthy, can be habitual.
I don’t say all decisions should be made quickly. Some decisions are more complicated or critical than others. It might be helpful for you sometimes to wait for more information. Some decisions can’t be easily reversed or would be too damaging if you choose poorly. Most importantly, some decisions don’t need to be made immediately.
Decision making is one of the most important ingredients of success yet we are not taught this crucial life skill. With small decisions, a mistake is not serious. However, with a major life, career or business decision, the wrong choice can be devastating. A bad decision can cost dearly in terms of money, time or lost opportunity.
We want to make the perfect decision that means we don’t lose out on any front. Truth is the life is not usually like that and we often have to choose between competing values.
Sometimes we give some decisions much more importance than they really have. Often it really doesn’t matter that much.
We want to have a cast-iron guarantee that it will all work out for the best. Unfortunately life is fundamentally uncertain and we can never be sure it will.
1. Know the mechanisms
Understanding that the problem is the human condition, so we can never have everything we want or know in advance how things will work out.
2. Good is good
Aiming for good enough rather than perfect.
3. Know your values
Find out what values are at stake.
4. Explore the scenarios
Work out the likely consequences of each option.
5. How about your gut feeling?
Ask yourself what gut feelings are around and whether they are telling us something important or misleading us.
6. Have a plan
Have a plan. If we come to a conclusion about what we should do but are still leaning in the opposite direction to some extent, how can we help ourselves to stick to our decision?
Don’t spend too much time on unimportant decisions. Luckily, most of the decisions we make are not irrevocable nor life-threatening. We can change our minds if it turns out that we were wrong.
8. Stay with your decision
It is usually better not to revisit a decision unless circumstances change. Once you’ve gathered the information you need, weigh the pros and cons and come to a conclusion. The more you ruminate, the greater the chance that you will second guess yourself.
Once a decision is irreversible, you better not dwell too much on whether it was the right thing to do or not. We will never know everything and can’t do anything about it now, so time spent on this kind of post-mortem would probably be better spent doing something else.
9. Get help
Discuss your decision making with others to make up your own mind. Professional help will support you in the best way.
Decision coaching is a specialized type of coaching. A professional coach with experience in that field combines the skills and techniques obtained from coaching individuals and organizations together with a knowledge and understanding of decision-making principles, decision tools, and best practices. As a result, a decision coach can successfully guide clients through important or difficult life, career and business decisions.
I help clients become clear about their personal values and how they impact the decision. With coaching, I help my client set the criteria for a successful decision and develop and evaluate options. Together we organize the decision process into specific steps and I help my client work through each step avoiding common decision traps. I offer specific decision-making tools and resources to help my client analyze the issues involved, assess risk, evaluate available options and make a wise decision.
As a coach I have to understand you, your values, long term goals, wants and needs. I have to see you as a real person and, at the same time, see you more objectively than you see yourself. That was I will help you to understand what you really want out of your life. I will not make the decision for you. I act as a skilled guide, consultant and adviser to help you arrive at your decision but ultimately the decision should be and needs to be made by you.