Nitin is a certified life coach, executive coach, writer, husband, and father. His passion is to help people become their best version.
Do you experience confusion during decision making?
Everything in life begins with a decision. Have you been unable to make the right decisions?
Have you experienced the dilemma of double-mindedness when it comes to decision making?
Do you experience analysis paralysis every time you have to make some major decisions?
Keep on reading to understand how to make the right decisions in this journey called life.
Life is the sum total of all the decisions you make
Decisions need to be taken daily. Some decisions are not so big.
Some decisions are major ones. But all decisions are important.
Listed below are just a few decisions that you have to make in life.
- To change your job
- To set-up a business or businesses
- To pursue that passion you’ve always had
- To visit new places that you have dreamt of visiting
- To hire someone for the job
- To choose a life partner
- To decide which career or educational course to choose
- To invest money in real estate or equity
The life experience we call success comes from the small, daily decisions.
In making decisions wisely, you choose to hold yourself to a higher standard and take control, instead of allowing the environment to take control of you.
Here are 10 pieces of advice for you to assist you in your decision-making process. Hopefully, these will help you to make the right decisions and improve your life.
1. Do not make hasty decisions
Before making any decision, give careful thought to it. Weigh the pros and the cons of the decision you want to take.
Making hasty decisions is a sure-shot way to disaster.
Don’t look at the immediate results, but take a long term view of it. Think about how your decision is going to affect you and your future.
2. Take advice when making major decisions
It is a wise thing to consult people who are experienced in the field that you want to take a decision in.
When you take advice from several people, you will arrive at the right decision.
Most of the time we lack the experience or expertise in certain matters so taking expert advice will help us to eliminate many errors in the decision-making process.
It is a known fact that people who make solo decisions are almost always in error.
The decisions that you make affect many people for good or for bad- not just you.
So it’s always good to seek advice from experienced and expert people before making a major decision.
3. Make proper research first
It is very important that you do proper and thorough research about the subject that you want to make a decision about.
Half-hearted research will not be of help here. Thorough research is absolutely a must to take a great decision.
The internet has all the information you will ever need on any subject.
Just go to the relevant website and gather vital information.
Let this information, along with the expert advice, influence your decision-making process. Your error margin will be minimized if you employ this process.
4. Develop your listening skills
You may think that what does listening have to do with decision making. But it is important to be a very good listener in order to make the right decisions.
Good listening skills will help you to learn things that will be helpful in making decisions.
There are various levels of listening. As a Certified Life Coach, I have experienced all these levels in my life as well as in the lives of the persons I have coached.
There is a superficial level of listening where the person is not involved at all.
The second level is where he listens but does not take it seriously.
The deepest level of listening is where the listener is fully involved in the process. His mind, will, and emotions are stirred up on this level of listening.
5. Make decisions based on logical reasoning
It is true that all your being should be involved in the decision-making process. But your logical reasoning should be in charge primarily.
I know that emotional decisions are almost always wrong. Therefore avoid making decisions solely based on your emotions.
Emotions have their rightful place in the process, but it should basically be a reason-based decision.
6. All decisions are powerful
One thing that you need to realize is that every decision you make is powerful. Every decision has the potential to make or break your life.
It can affect not only your own life but also the lives of your loved ones. Therefore understand the power of a decision. Never underestimate the power of decisions.
Do you know that your life today is the sum total of all the decisions that you have taken so far- whether good or bad?
If you are in a good position in life today, it’s because of all the right decisions that you have taken so far. Right on the other hand, if you are not progressing in life, guess what?
Yes, you are right. It’s because of the bad decisions that you have taken.
7. Go with your gut feelings
A gut feeling means the feeling you have right in the depths of your heart. It may tell you that the decision you are about to take is good or bad.
Be sensitive to that gut feeling and follow it. It is always right even though no one else may think so.
8. Base your decisions on your own judgment
When you make your decisions, involve other experts and experienced people in it.
Also, involve loved ones in it.
But the ultimate decision should be your own.
This is because everyone’s perspective is different and it could be helpful, but you have the whole picture in front of you.
So you are the best person to make the decision based on the inputs from everyone else.
9. When making decisions ask yourself the right questions
It is of great significance that you ask yourself many questions before making a decision.
Ask yourself uncomfortable questions too. Ask the right questions to make the right decisions.
Make a list of several questions related to your decision and answer them sincerely.
10. Keep in mind your life purpose when making decisions
Always relate all your decisions to your overall life goal or life purpose.
Your decisions should always contribute to your life goals.
That is when you will find satisfaction and fulfillment.
The power to make or break your life is in your own hands. No one else can do it.
No circumstances can do that to you. Always remember, circumstances cannot have power over your life unless you give it to them.
The ultimate power to change your life for the better is in your hands.
By making the right decisions, not only will you enjoy life but others will draw inspiration from your life.
Your loved ones will be blessed. All those who come in contact with you will be positively impacted too.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nitin Khaire
Suchismita Pradhan from India on January 06, 2020:
Decision is the first step for climbing the success tree, if we fail somehow to take a right decision ,the house of cards fails and all our hardword goes into vain.Your article guide us how to take a proper decision in life.Thanks for sharing.
Natasha Tungare from India on January 05, 2020:
Wow! I completely abide by this article! Honestly for me when it comes to major decisions, I am good at taking such decisions instantly. But I terribly suck at minor decisions