Volume 39 Issue 3: Making A Good Decision In Seven Steps

March 1, 2019

When making important decisions, you should take time to consider the possible outcomes and consequences that may follow. Pay close attention for the various aspects that are weighing in on your decision and make sure they align with your priorities and future goals.

 

Think before you act, and let these steps guide your decision-making process:

 

Step 1: Analyze the situation:

  • Is this the issue that should you should be focusing on?

  • Has the problem and direct root of the problem been identified?

  • Do you have the knowledge, facts, and input you need to make a good decision?

 

Step 2: Think about why you are making the decision. Find an objective:

  • What will be accomplished by the decision?

  • What do you hope the end results will be? What could other end results be?

  • Are you focusing on the path, rather than the end point?

 

Step 3: Think about elements you need to consider before making the decision:

  • In order to make the decision, have requirements for the decision been met?

  • Are you violating any restrictions by making the decision?

  • Are you in the position to best make the decision?

 

Step 4: Consider other alternatives. This can be reviewing other alternatives you have previously thought of, or brainstorming for other alternatives you haven’t yet thought of: 

  • Are there other ways to reach the end result?

  • Are there trusted colleagues or friends you could chat with for additional ideas?

  • Are there books, articles, charts, or diagrams that could guide you with ideas on alternative ways to reach the objective?

  • Have you given yourself enough time to think of and weigh out alternatives?

 

Step 5: Consider the impact of the decision. Evaluate and answer questions like:

  • How much will the decision cost?

  • Is the decision realistic?

  • Are availability requirements met?

  • What will the impact be on others?

  • Does the decision work within your time constraints?

  • Are all other important elements considered?

 

Step 6: Remember the alternative decisions you thought of? Let’s go back to them and evaluate each one:

  • Does any other alternative decision provide better impacts?

  • How can you best make an objective evaluation of the decision and its alternatives? Is there someone you could bounce ideas off of?

  • Are the subjective assessments you are making accurate and realistic?

 

Step 7: Make a decision and reflect:

  • Did the decision you chose provide the best impacts? If not, why did you decide this was best? Are your reasons clear?

 

Written by Life Advantages - Author Delvina Miremadi ©2019 

 

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