Decision making is the prime thing you have to master upon. Because the decisions you take now will shape how you feel today and what you become in your future.
In this article, we will discuss what is decision making? How it shape our destiny? How to master your decision making skills?
What is Decision Making?
Decision making is a process of choosing the best alternatives among the several possible ones depending upon the beliefs, thoughts, and preferences of decision maker. Every alternative has its own destination and results.
Think of few years back, what were your hopes and dreams? What you thought you would be till this time? Are you at the place you want to be? Are your friends same?
May be you have achieved what you want or maybe not. But, the thing is time never waits for anyone. You have to be fast enough to accomplish your goals in time.
Hannibal said,”We will either find a way, or make one.”
And, it’s never late to think where you want to be in the upcoming years? What you want to be? How you will be living your life now to achieve your long-term goals? What will be your priorities to accomplish your short term goals?
To find answers to all these questions, you have to make a decision in present to shape your future as you want.
How it shapes your destiny?
Decision making is the powerful way to shape your life. There are people who are achieving more success in the same thing than you because of their different decisions. Remember, different decisions produce different results. Why?
We all react differently in situation because of our different perspective.
And, that’s why we take different decisions. Every decision leads us in a different direction. And, every direction has definite direction: our destiny. This is why our decisions in present shapes our destiny in future.
How to Master your Decision Making Skills?
You can find tons of advice online to make better decisions. But, here are 5 golden ways to master your decision making skill:
- Know the Reason of your Decision:
One of the prime things to master decision making is to clearly know the reason of your decision.
Why you want this thing to happen in this way only? Is your action is in the favor of your goal? And, if not then, Will this decision put a negative impact on your goal?
Having clarity about the reason of making decisions will help you to stay with it and defend it, if needed.
- Gather Relevant Information:
Information is power when it’s acted upon.
Because when you have a better understanding about the problem or the situation, then your action will be more result oriented.
With proper information, you will know the problem more precisely and hence, understands what exactly needs to be done.
So, gather relevant information from online as well as offline (books, talk to your friends, family, and experts).
- Find the alternatives:
Well, this part is a bit easier. Because while gathering information both from online and offline, you already have a list of possible solutions to your problem.
So, just go through them thoroughly.
- Take Action:
Now, you have some of the best solutions to problem in your hand.
Filter out them with the facts and figures you found online, or with the help of suggestions from your mates and experts. Even, you can always make use of your imagination whether they align with your needs (discussed in Step 1).
You can also make combine two solution, if can be. Keep your goals and priorities in your mind and you will automatically start favoring the best alternative.
You may still doubt your final solution. Then, ask yourself: Is it good for you and your goal?
If yes, then why wait, just go for it.
Tony Robbins said, “The path to success is to take massive, determined actions.”
- Review your Decision:
You made the decision, that’s pretty good. But, your work doesn’t ends here. You got the results (sometimes it takes time), whatever it is good or bad.
Now, there are two cases: whether your decision worked or not.
If not, don’t be upset. Find the potholes and work upon them. It will help you in making better decision in the near future.
“Success truly is the result of good judgement. Good judgement is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgement.”
If worked, still you need to review it because nothing is perfect in this world. Find the areas where you can improve. It will furnish your skill.
“The way to better decision is to make more of them.”
Let’s simply the decision making process
Yes, sometimes making a decision seems to be daunting task and puts undue stress on you. Here are some ways to ease your process:
- Misunderstanding the problem:
There are times when the problem is too daunting and complex. You are unable to find the real problem and then, misinterpret it. And, this sometimes leads to blunder.
So, it’s better to consult your family, friends, or any expert. It will help you in understanding the problem.
- Lack of enough information or sources:
I already stated above,
“Information is power when it’s acted upon.”
So, if you don’t have proper information or resources then on what basis you will make decision or act upon.
That’s why relying on insufficient information or resources can be problematic for you. Because you might lack knowledge about some important aspects of the situation to tackle it. Due to which you can miss the best alternative.
- Having too much information:
Having more information or variety of sources is a good thing, but also, sometimes it becomes cumbersome.
Because there are times when you need to go with your gut feeling. But, due to availability of a lot of information, you get confused in between them and start over thinking. And, hence we lose our intuition which is a major factor to master this skill.
- Poor Timing:
Timing is very important in decision making. Because there are times when there is a need of instant action but you delay it that results in bad consequences.
Also, there are times when you need to delay the decision for better understanding about the problem. So, consider the time factor in decision making is very much important.
- Not being practical in estimating the outcome:
When making a decision, be practical instead of going with theories. This will help you to know the positive as well as negative consequences of the particular decision. So, you will have more clarity about your decision.
Try to follow these steps in decision making. Yes, it will take time to come to a decision but with time you will master upon your decision making.
Also, as I stated above also, “The way to better decision is to make more of them.”
Take decisions, review them, face the consequences, and learn from them to make better decisions in the future. Nobody is there who always make right decisions. Just be flexible and learn from the consequences.