We make decisions all the time. It is these decisions that shape our life and make us who we are. However, not all decisions carry the same weight. What cuisine do you want to eat for dinner? What courses do you want to take in school? What time do you want to go to the movies? It is easier to make these smaller decisions because if you make the wrong choice, there will not be as large of an impact. Choosing to eat Mexican food instead of Italian is not a very risky decision. As the risk increase though, people often avoid making a decision.
Making big decisions is difficult. What if you make the wrong one? That uncertainty or the risk of failure can be overwhelming.
Some people have developed their own process to weigh the risks and take action in a timely manner. Others often procrastinate. However, doing so will not solve the problem.
If you need help overcoming your decision-making plight, there are three steps that you can take to face the problem head-on.
- Define the time frame
- Become the expert
- Access the impact
Why is timing so important?
With any decision that you make, the first step is to understand the time frame of the situation. When do you need to take action by? Set a deadline.
With smaller decisions, such as choosing where to go out for lunch, you have until lunchtime to choose. You cannot put off making the decision until 6:00 pm.
Same thing goes for more important decisions.
Why are you holding off on making a decision? Is it because you are waiting to receive information that may narrow down the choices or risk? If you are set to receive very specific details within a reasonable period, it may be okay to wait and let those details guide you
Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of postponing a decision though- will it just make matters more complicated? Sometimes, it is better to make decisions without that additional information, especially if you are waiting for trivial material on a time-sensitive problem.
Once you have properly understood the matter and weighed the consequences of the decision, push yourself to make definitive decisions by the deadline that you set in order to prevent future complications.
Yes, making decisions is difficult because no outcome is guaranteed but do not let that overwhelm you. Follow the three steps and slowly, you will develop your own method and become more decisive.