Settling on quality decisions is a foundation for carrying on with a quality life. Obviously, we all agree with that. Yet, knowing and doing are two different things. I know I shouldn’t have dessert this evening, yet … I’m aware I should practice each day, yet … I know I should spare that cash as opposed to going out for supper, yet … (Yes, I’m guilty of every one of the three!)
Those are for the most part generally straightforward decisions, however they are ones we battle with consistently in light of the fact that we truly haven’t settled on a quality decision to quit sugar, get healthy, or save toward retirement or another car. Quality decisions require taking actions. Without following-up, your “decision” is basically day dreaming.
Studies show that we settle on not less than 70 decisions daily. That is more than one every 15 minutes. In the event that you battle with deciding what to have for breakfast or where to go for dinner (a major issue in our home), how much more are you struggling to make great life decisions?
Obviously, most of those “decisions” work on auto-pilot. We do today what we did yesterday, order similar menus in eateries (yes, it’s still a decision), or disregard medical problems since we would prefer not to call the specialist or take pills.
Each decision you make, from your breakfast menu to retirement planning, your profession or where you will live, affects other decisions you make. They stack, one upon another, to make the life you now have … and the life you will have one month from now, one year from now, one decade from now, and even the rest of your life.
Here’s something to consider. Do you like your life at this moment? Do you more often than not feel peace and satisfaction, confidence and a feeling of control? If you don’t, this may likely be as a result of the decisions you made yesterday, a week ago, or even months or years back.
Here’s the exciting news. You can change your decisions! In case you’re reading this, despite what may have happened, you have options. We know how time moves—forward. It is one-directional. The past is gone, never to be repeated. Our mistakes have left their imprint in the sands of time, as have our good deeds. We always live in the present and progress to the future, but we can never go backward and undo our mistakes. Hence, the value of our making good decisions in the present so that we can enjoy a better future rather than a regretful one. So how would you enhance your decision-making abilities and act upon them? Find steps below.
Decision Making Process
Objective: Identify the decisions to be made as well as the goals or outcome you want to achieve.
Consultation: Solicit opinions and obtain feedback from family members and close relatives, those you trust or have had a similar situation to contend with. There may be some aspects you haven’t thought about. Consulting others on some decisions give you a broader and more balanced view.
Do research: “The plans of the diligent one surely make for advantage,” wrote Solomon, “but everyone that is hasty surely heads for want.” For example, are you considering a business proposal? Do not let emotion rule. Gather all the relevant facts, seek the counsel of those familiar with such things, and determine what regulations applies on the matter. To organize your research, prepare two lists—one detailing the benefits, the other the liabilities. Before you make a decision, “calculate the expense.” Consider the potential impact that your decision will have not only on your financial health but also on your spiritual well-being. It takes time and effort to do research. But by doing so, you may avoid making hasty decisions that lead to unnecessary anxiety.
Make the decision. Do not rush straight to this step before doing research and consultation. A wise person takes time to ‘consider his steps.’ On the other hand, do not procrastinate. A procrastinator may come up with outlandish excuses for not taking action. But he still makes a decision—he decides, in effect, to let others control his life.
Implement the decision. The effort we expend to make a good decision can be wasted if we do not follow through and vigorously implement it. To succeed, we must be willing to allocate the resources needed to implement our decisions. For example, you may decide to spend more time with your family. Will you succeed? You likely will if he does not allow excessive secular work and recreation or other activities to sap the needed time you ought to spend with your family.
Review the decision and make adjustments if needed. Not all decisions work out exactly as planned. “Time and unforeseen occurrence” befall us all. Even so, we will need to be patient with some decisions that we make. A wise person will from time to time review the decisions he has made. He will not let pride or stubbornness prevent him from adjusting or even reversing a decision.