If you’re one of the people who find it incredibly hard to decide what they want to do, then you know how much that can affect both your personal and professional life. When it comes to career-related decisions, postponing a decision or making one without weighing in all the pros and cons could rob you of a great opportunity. When it comes to your personal life, people can be bothered by your lack of decision making skills. Today, we’re going to teach you how to practice these skills and become a better leader.
Practice Your Decision Making Skills: 4 Techniques
1. Don’t Postpone Making a Decision
We’re all familiar with the temptation of postponing something indefinitely, because we’re not entirely sure what we want to do. In reality, postponing making a decision will – most of the time – only lead to more confusion. We’re not saying that whenever you have an extremely important decision to make, you should make it in an instant. At the same time, delaying something just because the stakes are high is not going to magically help you decide on the right course of action. After you’ve thought of all the pros and cons, and considered all of the possible outcomes, making a decision is the next logical step.
2. Try to Limit Your Options
It’s quite obvious that the more options you have, the more difficult it’s going to be to make a decision. Not to mention the fact that even after you’ve made it, you might still have doubts and wonder how things would’ve turned out if you were to choose another option. If you want to avoid at least part of this confusion, try not to give yourself that many options. This will make it easier for you to trust that you’ve made the right decision in the end.
3. Consider the Importance of Your Decision
While taking your time when deciding whether or not you should accept a new job is perfectly normal, spending hours or even days agonizing over whether you should have dinner at one restaurant or another is a total waste of your time.
4. Ask a Professional for Advice
Sometimes, when it comes to really serious and important decisions, asking for advice from someone who is more knowledgeable than you are can be of great help. That doesn’t mean that you should allow your decision to be 100 percent influenced by that person. Merely consider their point of view before you decide. However, if it’s an area that is really not within your expertize, it’s good to be realistic. Accept that it would be better to follow the advice of a professional.
With these 4 ways in which to practice your decision making skills, you too can stop sweating the small stuff and carefully weigh in the important ones, in order to make the right decision.
Image Source: here.