Read on to learn more about ways you can get even better at making decisions.
5 more tips to be more decisive
Tip # 1 – Flip a coin
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have two equally appealing/good options to choose from, but not entirely sure which one to choose? That’s the sort of situation where a flip of the coin can really help. Simply decide which option is heads, which one is tails, and then flip the coin. Then see what comes up.
The point here, by the way, isn’t to simply decide based on the flip of the coin (although, that is certainly an option), but to assess how you feel about the flip. If head came up, check with yourself to see if you’re unhappy about that. If you are, then clearly the option for you to go with is the other one. If, however, you are happy with the option they head represents, then just go with that.
The coin-flip strategy for making decisions can save you a lot of agonising and time waste. Try it out next time you find yourself in a situation where this can help.
Tip # 2 – Do a cost-benefit analysis
A cost-benefit analysis is a common strategy used in business. But it’s application isn’t just restricted to businesses, it can help you in your personal life too. It is especially useful for big, important decisions in your life.
Here’s how it works – list the benefits of choosing the option you’re considering, as well as the drawbacks (or costs) of making the decision. If this seems complicated, just make a simple pros and cons list – whereby you’ll list the pros (the benefits of making the decision) and cons (or the drawbacks) of the decision.
As part of this exercise, it also helps to think about what will happen if you don’t make the decision because at the end of the day indecision is a decision too and not usually a good one.
Tip # 3 – Play the devil’s advocate
It is great to think about all the good things that can come out of a particular decision, and you totally should do that. But what is also useful to do, especially for the big decisions, is to consider the flip-side. This is where playing the devil’s advocate comes in handy.
Here’s how it works – think about all the ways the decision might not work out and might go wrong. This might seem like a negative thing to do, but it is not. It’s about being informed and understanding the risks, as that will have you to make your decisions with more clarity.
When you know what can go wrong, you can consider ways to deal with those scenarios. This will give you additional confidence in your decision, and ultimately help you become more decisive. And not just be decisive, but it will also help you be a more prudent decision-maker. That will significantly improve your potential for making good decisions.
Tip # 4 – Act on what you know
Having all the information before making a decision is the perfect scenario, but unfortunately, things rarely are perfect. More often than not you will not know absolutely everything you need to know about the decision you need to make, and that’s just the reality. The sooner you come to terms with it, the sooner you can start making decisions based on what you know, rather than trying to spend a huge amount of time and resources to find out “everything”.
You will never know “everything”. Decisiveness isn’t about waiting around to know everything, it’s about making the best decision you can base on the information you have.
Does that mean you’ll sometimes get things wrong?
But that’s ok too because that experience ultimately will make you a better decision-maker over time. After all, we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes.
Just make sure you don’t repeat the same mistake twice. Become ok with not knowing everything.
“If I take a risk and it doesn’t work out, I always try to learn from it” – Carla Luccino
Tip # 5 – Listen to your intuition
The last tip in this series for getting better at being decisive is one of the most important tips of all when it comes to being decisive, and it’s about trusting your intuition (or gut). Logic is certainly useful for making decisions and plays a crucial part in it, but that does not mean your intuition has no role to play. In fact, many a time trusting your intuition can help you to make better and faster decisions. There’s no reason why you can’t use both logic and intuition.
If, for instance, you have a bad feeling about a decision, do more research to figure out what’s going on. Determine if there really is something to be concerned about. Use your intuition as a filter to quickly spot out the good and bad decisions.
Our intuition comes from our subconscious mind, which is an extremely powerful tool.
Take advantage of it.
Decisions are an integral and unavoidable part of life, and being good at making them will have a significantly positive impact on your life. So it makes sense to improve this skill. And make no mistake, it is a skill that you can learn and get better at. If you’ve ever thought it’s just a talent some people have and others don’t, now’s the time to dispel that myth.
You can get better at being more decisive. And the great thing is, the more you practice, the better you are going to get at being decisive. These tips (and the 10 others covered earlier), will help.
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