How To Make More Successful Decisions

How To Make More Successful DecisionsDo you struggle with decision-making? Do you find it difficult to make the best choice when you are presented with several options? Do you often find yourself wavering between two or more options, unable to choose?

There are many reasons why people find it difficult to make decisions. One of the main reasons seems to be the fear of making the wrong decision. Some people are actually paralyzed by the fear of what might go wrong. Instead of allowing ourselves to be controlled by fear, we can use a simple process that will help us make more effective decisions.

Clear your mind

Take a few minutes to relax and clear you mind. This will help you to think logically instead making an emotional decision.

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Think about each choice individually to see how you feel about each one. Your instinct is a powerful decision making tool and you should listen to what it says.

Evaluate each choice

Evaluate the pros and cons of each choice. Writing them down will help you to evaluate the pros and cons of each one.  

Consider the consequences

Consider the potential consequences of each choice. Ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that could happen if I make this choice?” and, “What is the best thing that could happen if I make this choice?” These two questions should help you to better understand the consequences of each choice.

Make your decision

Once you have evaluated your choices, looked at the pros and cons of each one, and considered the consequences – you need to make a decision.

Remember that not making a decision at this point, is a decision.  Wouldn’t you rather make your decision based on the information you have, rather than letting your indecisiveness bring about its own consequences?

Completely “wrong” decisions are rare in life, but all of our decisions move us down a certain path. If we later decide that we don’t like that path, we can always choose another one.  Each decision is a learning experience, and hopefully moves you closer to your life purpose.

What have I missed? Comment here on the techniques that you use to help you make good decisions.

 

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Comments

  1. Jeffrey says

    I have made decisions that I have questioned in my life. I have made decisions that I was not sure of at that time but as time passed I realized I made the right one. Many times I have feared making a commitment. All decisions (and not making decisions) have costs. And sometimes I have been lazy (or not thorough) in the evaluation process. But, as a Christ-follower, God is in control. Whatever decisions have been made (good or bad) He uses them to mold the Christian. Rom 8:28. But the most important factor not on your list is prayer; for wisdom, His will, help in the evaluation process, furtherance of His kingdom, etc.

  2. Jeffrey says

    I have made decisions that I have questioned in my life. I have made decisions that I was not sure of at that time but as time passed I realized I made the right one. Many times I have feared making a commitment. All decisions (and not making decisions) have costs. And sometimes I have been lazy (or not thorough) in the evaluation process. But, as a Christ-follower, God is in control. Whatever decisions have been made He uses them to mold the Christian. Rom 8:28. But the most important factor not on your list is prayer; for wisdom, His will, help in the evaluation process, furtherance of His kingdom, etc.

  3. Jeffrey Agar says

    I have made decisions that I have questioned in my life. I have made decisions that I was not sure of at that time but as time passed I realized I made the right one. Many times I have feared making a commitment. All decisions (and not making decisions) have costs. And sometimes I have been lazy (or not thorough) in the evaluation process. But, as a Christ-follower, God is in control. Whatever decisions have been made He uses them to mold the Christian. Rom 8:28. But the most important factor not on your list is prayer; for wisdom, His will, help in the evaluation process, furtherance of His kingdom, etc.

    • sespring says

      Thanks for the comment Jeffery! I agree that God is in control and I do pray for His wisdom and guidance in my decision-making process. Thanks for reminding us all of the importance of prayer in our decision-making process.

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