Decisions are one of the most essential elements of making things happen in your life. However, many people struggle to make decisions, which means they end up stuck in one place, which is never good for personal growth.
But if you struggle with making decisions, how do you force yourself to do it, and how do you know you’re making the right choice to begin with? If anything else, it’s the fear of getting it wrong that scares people. However, some solutions will enable you to make the right decision every time and see the positive results in your life.
Consider The Good and the Bad
Making a list of the pros and cons of the decision and what could happen after the decision is an excellent place to start when you need to make a decision. It will give you the time to consider everything, rather than rush in and make a knee jerk reaction, which is never something you should do.
Knowing the good and the bad of what can happen will also push your biases to the side. You might get more inclined towards one decision, but considering multiple options can show you that the first choice was not the right one.
Plan Past the Initial Decision
It’s also important to plan past your initial decision. You need to know what comes next to consider how to approach the next stage of your life.
If you are deciding whether to take a job abroad, you’ll need to think about the language, property rental, as well as how it can impact your family. The sooner you understand that life goes on beyond the decision, the easier it will be to get some clarity, allowing you to pick the right avenue.
Think of Possible Regrets
Even if you make the right decision, you will have some regrets. This is a perfectly natural response, as you will always wonder What If.
You will eventually get over this feeling, but there could be some problems at first. You might even find that you feel you’ve made the wrong decision more often than not. Perhaps you have, but if you look at the positives of your decision, you will start to get over these regrets, and soon enough, you won’t even think about them.
Look For Another Way
Most of the time, you are faced with two decisions. It is this that can stress people out as they feel trapped with one of two options.
This does not need to be the case, though. If you are dissatisfied with either option, it doesn’t hurt to consider the third. Of course, there’s no guarantee that this option will be any better than the other two. Still, it can give you a better idea of the right way for you to go.
Make The Decision Several Times
Trusting your gut is a great way to make quick decisions, but it is not always the way forward. If you have time to deliberate on a decision, consider making the decision several times.
We all know how stressful it can be to second-guess yourself, and it can end up sending you around in circles until you don’t know which way is left and which way is right. However, if you make the decision once each day, you will get an idea of how it will impact you, and this should push you towards the right choice.
Slow Yourself Down
Slowing yourself down will also help you make better decisions. Take the time to breathe, and don’t force yourself to do anything you don’t want to do just yet.
If you are interested in mindfulness and meditation, this would be an excellent time to make the most of it. Even if you’re not interested in these practices, you could try them out to clear your mind and find the right answer. It may not work, but at least you have tried it.
Seek Out Advice
You cannot expect to make every decision by yourself. This is why you can seek out advice from friends and family if you need it.
Getting a unique perspective will show you a different side of the decision that you may not have considered before, and this can give you a better indication of which is the right way forward. On the other hand, you may realize that your initial choice was the right one, regardless of any outsider perspective.
Ask Yourself What You Want
You can also get introspective and ask yourself what you want. However, this will only work if you are willing to be honest with yourself.
Lying to yourself about what you want is not going to do you any good. So, look at the choice you have to make and consider whether it will give you everything you need. If not, you can move away from it.
Ask Yourself What Others Want
Sometimes, decisions do not just impact you. They can also affect your friends and family. If the decision you need to make involves others, you shouldn’t make a choice without first thinking of them.
If possible, you can get their input and make their decision together. If not (such as if they are kids and too young to understand), seriously consider how the decision will impact their lives both now and later.
Consider If It Scares You
Being scared about a decision is an interesting phenomenon. It shows that you care about what you need to do, but it can also put you off making the decision altogether.
Despite this, if a particular choice scares you, it is usually the best option for you to follow. It shows that you care, and this will help you understand what you want.
The Right Choice
Many decisions can feel like the right choice at the time, only for them to turn out not as you hoped for or expected. This, however, is all part of the process. You don’t need to get every decision right. But the more decisions you make, the more you will learn. The more you learn, the better you will be at making the right decision in any scenario. This is why it is essential not to be scared and instead embrace decision making as something vital.
This is a collaborative post.