DecisionsDo you consider yourself a good decision maker? Or are you known as a procrastinator? Do you make a pro/con list? Or, do you decide based on gut instincts?

Many of us find making decisions an impossible task. Maybe we get bogged down in the complexity of a situation, or the emotions attached to the outcome. Either way, it can become a paralysing situation.

So, how can you learn to make decisions more easily?

  • It is good to accept that some decisions are big and potentially life changing, and so they need careful thought and consideration.
  • We need to learn when to trust our intuition, and when to realise that our first gut reaction may not be our best choice.
  • Understanding that our choices can be mixed with emotions of how others are viewing us, leading us to a decision that is not necessarily right.

7 Steps to Easier Faster Decision Making…

  1. Carve out time to think about the problem/question in hand. Clear your mind of other thoughts and clutter.
  1. Thinking about the decision – what external factors come to mind. Are you getting pressure from certain people, do you feel anxious etc
  1. Now, remove the external factors from the decision. (This takes practise).
  1. This step is all about weighing the decision. What are the pros and cons for your choice?
  1. Is your heart and mind in synergy with the outcome you are leaning towards. Or do you feel your rational mind is saying one thing, and your intuition saying another?
  1. Take a final look in your mind about the decision, and the choices you could make.
  1. Make a decision. Be firm about your choice. Do not go over the outcome in your head. Do not feel regret or look back over the process or your conclusion. (Again, this takes some practise).

Making decisions in a more thoughtful logical way, can over time really reduce your stress. When you remove some of the external factors and your own inner-chatter, you will find you make much more clear-headed choices. Often enabling you to break patterns of behaviour. Making decisions that are good for you, and less driven by emotions.