The Art of Decision- Making

In life, we are constantly making decisions. Some decisions are simple to make while others are difficult. There could be many factors why even a seemingly simple decision sometimes is harder to make. But that’s what differentiates wise people from the rest. Making well- considered and timely decisions is an art because decision-making can be complex and sometimes the consequences of those decision can be risky. Decision- making is a skill which one needs to cultivate, because as we grow older there are going to be more complicated and more independent decisions to make.

Some strategies to become an efficient decision- maker

  1. Design a constructive environment

The process of productive decision- making begins with establishing the right values. Begin with a purpose, i.e., clearly define what you want to achieve and what your goals are. This will narrow down the paths you can take to achieve that goal. Then, find the right people to involve in the process and keep an open mind to ask questions and seek solutions that are important in order to move forward.

  1. Generate good alternatives

Along the process, you will come across obstructions or complications that slow down your progress or make it difficult to make decisions. In that case, you need to dig a little deeper and try to search for alternate methods through which you can achieve your goal. There will always be more than a single solution to a problem. Proceeding with such mindset will not only lead to your best possible decision, but also develop an un-defeating attitude. However, if you don’t see any more reasonable alternatives, stop searching and start acting on the ones you have thought of.

  1. Select the best alternative

When you have zeroed in on the list of different possible choices, evaluate if you can work through them, the risks involved, possibility of its fruition and the implications of such a decision. Once you explore these aspects, re- check if your process has been error- free or not. Do not make choices if that don’t give you satisfaction or are likely to cause trouble in future, in as long as you can foresee.

  1. Communicate your decision

You should share what you ultimately decided on and explain it to the people wo involved in the process. Clearly state why you think what you chose is the best decision for you and what led to you choose it. Providing information about the benefits, risks and the short- term and long- term outcomes of your decision, is more likely to influence people to support your decision, because they can understand it your way.

  1. Take action

Now that you have all the required information and a clearly defined plan, muster courage and go ahead with your choice. Understand that things will not exactly go as planned. But that is exactly why you should stick to your decision, because you know that is what you want after considering all the implications, and modify your actions a little along the way so that you attain your goals.