One of the most important skills you can develop in your personal, professional, and even spiritual life is the art of problem solving and decision making. Sound decision making can have an extremely positive effect on our lives, especially in the areas we are passionate about. Good decision making has 3 key principles:
- Get the facts before answering
- Assess the pros and cons of each decision
- Consult your leaders or mentors
If you act on these principles when making important decisions you fill find an overwhelming peace and determination. The three principles listed above center around seeking additional information before making a decision. So many of us wonder why things go wrong when they do not take the time to stop to think about how the decisions they are making will affect their future. Proverbs 18:15 says,
“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.”
Put in the time to gather all the facts first. Do your homework and do your best to find out everything there is to know about the problem you have to solve and look to see how others have overcame it. By investing in this time to gathering wisdom you will save a world of problems compared to making a rushed decision that will cost you much more later on. Here are some decision making strategies that you can apply to your everyday life:
When faced with a giant obstacle or a decision that has multiple options and possibilities it helps to revisit and focus in on what you are trying to achieve. When you are doing this, invite members of your team to help identify:
- What the key outcomes you desire
- What barriers stand in your way
- What steps you can take now
Having multiple minds brainstorming will have a greater impact on identifying what needs to be accomplished as well as coming up with possible resolutions to existing and future problems.
Once you figure out where you are, where you want to go, and a few things that you need to do to get there, your next step is to act and act consistently. Some decision making and problem solving lessons only come with experience, trial and most 0ften; failure. Failure is defeated when you choose to pick yourself up after falling and continue heading towards your goal. If you consistently do this you will learn from your mistakes and know what decisions to make and which ones to avoid.
Evaluate and Tweak
After making big decisions or overcoming a problem, take time to reflect on how it worked out for you and what you could have done differently. I recommend not delaying too long because you want to be as detailed as possible. This will help to constantly become better and better at making sound decisions. This will give you strength and confidence when facing adversity in any area of your life. I will end with this quote:
“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” –Thomas Paine
What tips do you have on making good decisions?