8 Simple Tips to Make Better Decisions Starting Now

June 9, 2018 525 views

A Quick Overview on How to Make Better Decisions

“The life you’re living today is because of the decisions you made yesterday!”

The life you’re living today, the level you’re at, and the experiences you are having are because of the decisions you made in the past. It’s the decisions that you make now that will affect how the rest of your life will end.

Spur of The Moment Decision Making

Below is a simple example to help you see my point.

You’re 15 years old. You become a member of an elite group at school. You and your new-found friends go to a shopping mall. Your friends tell you that you have to steal a car stereo as a sort of initiation to be able to hang out with the group, it’s your test: just go into a back aisle, open the box, and put the car stereo in your backpack. You hesitate and tell them, “No, I won’t do that.” They say to do it, or you will no longer be part of the group.

Here Are a Few Scenarios to Look at:

Scenario 1:

You steal the stereo and get away with it. You feel fearless, accepted, and looked up to by your friends!

Effect of this Decision:

You are now accepted by this group and have friends you want to be around and have social acceptance. But with friends like that, more trouble and temptation is on the way. You also have the stolen stereo on your conscience for the rest of your life.

Scenario 2:

You steal the stereo, and you get caught. Your friends bail on you, and you’re left taking the rap. You now have a record, your parents are ashamed of you, and at every job you apply for, you will be haunted by your record as a thief.

Effect of this Decision:

Your life goes into a downward spiral since you were labeled a thief. You start to believe you are one and begin to practice it as a way of life.

Scenario 3:

You tell your friends you won’t do it. They say, “Well then, you’re out of the group! ” and you walk home, with fewer friends.

Effect of this Decision:

You’ll find new friends that don’t act like a gang. You’ll look back on this and feel good about your decision to do the right thing. You have just built your self-esteem, whether you know it or not. You feel good about your choice.

Decisions are Powerful

As you can see from the above scenarios, the decisions you make today may affect the rest of your life. So when you’re making a decision, take a little more time and avoid making hasty decisions.

First, I’d like to mention that I’m the type of person to make decisions quickly and on the fly. Well, that really didn’t work well for me; in fact, it backfired almost every time. So I have taken a new approach.

How to Make Better Decisions and Build Your Decision-Making Skills

1. Take Your Time. It’s your decision, and you’re entitled to think about it, a hasty decision can become a disaster for you.

2. Role Play. Use two or three different scenarios. Think, if I choose this, then what might happen; if I select another option what will the result be like? When important decisions are being made, make sure you write everything down, so you’ll have clear and focused ideas.

3. Do some research. With the abundance of information online, you can quickly improve your knowledge and make more informed decisions.

4. Who Is Involved? Talk it over with other people that the decision affects. You can’t just plan to move to a new city without talking it over with your family. Get their input on the issue, and you’ll find many things you didn’t anticipate.

5. Talk it over with other people who have made the same decision you’re about to make. Talking to someone who has experienced the same thing can be beneficial, and may reveal some new insight that you haven’t considered.

6. Sleep on It. This gives you time for your mind to process all the information.

7. Avoid Thinking About It. Try to do something different: watch a movie, go to a sports event, go out with your friends, and go out to dinner. Once you distance yourself, you may get a flash of insight, because your mind needs time to process.

8. Use Intuition. With the information you now have and the time you took to allow your mind to process, it’s time to get your intuition involved. How does it feel? Feeling good means you’re on track; a bad gut feeling or tightness in your body is something telling you this is not the right decision for you.

Taking the above steps give you an excellent start to making the right decision, as opposed to deciding something on the spur of the moment.

That’s The Way I See It!
Acey Gaspard