HOW DOES ONE BECOME A FASTER AND A BETTER DECISION MAKER
Sara was in the shop with 3 shirts in her hands, struggling with indecision, each item seems to be good in a different way making it more difficult to decide which one is a better choice to take. “May be I should take them all….” This is a silly decision which is coming in her mind. This is not a situation Sara is into; most of us have dealt with the same situation many times in our lives.
Decisions are one of the most basic activities in our lives. Be it buying a dress, deciding the menu or signing a deal. We make some choices quickly and automatically, relying on mental shortcuts our brain has developed over the years to guide us in the best course of action. Other decisions are agonizing and deliberation drags on inefficiently. When we make a decision, we form opinions and choose actions through our mental processes. Our lives are defined by our ability to make decisions.
TYPES OF DECISIONS
There are three types of decisions
The decisions which we take on instantly, which are tied to our mood. These decisions usually don’t have a lasting effect on our lives. Don’t over think on them, just take them as you like.
These types of decisions are those which don’t affect too much. You must decide two of the best out of your options in your mind.
They are also the important decisions, for them we have to look into the situation seriously and should consider some important points before taking the decision.
New research has given some important tips on how to make some decisions with less associated risks.
TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE DECISION MAKING
We need some techniques which may help us become an effective decision makers, they are
1. TAKE RISKS
The most important element of any decision making is your ability to face the criticism and loss, if decision leads to failure. You must have the courage to take decision knowing fully about the risks involved and facing the consequences of your action. No risk No gain is applicable in all the areas of life.
2.LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE
Experience is necessary but not a mandatory element in taking a decision. Your experience may help you sort out things in a better way and without considering the experience you can never take a good quality decision.
3.ANALYSIS AND ACQUIRE ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE
Analyze the pros and cons of the decision including your emotional, social and economic aspects. The limited approach is ideal for the over analyzers who insist on questioning every variable to death. It is important to have the accurate knowledge of what you are taking decision for. If you know the matter properly your decision should be more accurate and your confidence level would be much better.
Always listen to the intuition which is said as always listen to your heart. Most of the time our intuitions regarding something are correct, so if you have a negative feeling, setback. You must develop institution by taking a lot of decisions on your own and learning from the outcome of each decision by comparing it with the anticipated results. The more you practice the more you learn and develop your institution.
Give ear to all but tongue to none. Listen to everyone, take suggestions but if you feel the suggestions are confusing then stop right away and take the decision on your own.
We are humans and we make decisions, sometimes they may land us in trouble but that doesn’t mean that one should stop taking them because decision making gives us confidence in our lives, it’s up to us to make control of our lives and our decisions and you don’t want your life to be decided for you. Take risks, at least you won’t regret as you cannot make the right decisions always, accept it as it is. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we gain experience, and that’s the part of life. Keep these tips under consideration before making a decision.
After all life is all about uncertainty, you never know what will happen in the next moment.