Before You Make That Decision!!



Do not be pressured by people into making decisions hastily, because you alone will be judged by the decisions you have taken. Before you take that life changing decision, pause, think and do a soul searching, ask yourself whether the decision you want to take is rational based on facts & objectivity or irrational based on opinions, perceptions, assumptions and subjectivity.
Any decision taken in an emotional state is always irrational with negative outcomes that will surely follow. Since every choice represents a battle between you rational conscious and emotional subconscious mind. The key to good decision making is learning how to pick which side should win. The best decision makers let the situation guide them. The more experience you have with a particular type of decision, the safer it is to go with your intuition since your subconscious mind has a wealth of reliable information from which to draw from.
The following are how to make good and sound decisions:
ANALYZE OUTCOMES
Working through a big decision can give us a kind of tunnel vision, where we get so focused on the immediate consequences of the decision at hand that we don’t think about the eventual outcomes we expect or desire. When making a choice, then, it pays to take some time to consider the outcome you expect. Consider each option and ask the following questions:
What is the probable outcome of this choice?
What outcomes are highly unlikely?
What are the likely outcomes of not choosing this one?
What would be the outcome of doing the exact opposite?
Thinking in terms of long-term outcomes – and broadening your thinking to include negative outcomes – can help you find clarity and direction while facing your big decision.
ASK WHY
Although developed as a problem-solving technique, the Five Whys can also help you determine whether a choice you’re considering is in line with your core values. For instance:
Why should I take this job? It pays well and offers me a chance to grow. Why is that important? Because I want to build a career and not just have a string of meaningless jobs. Why? Because I want my life to have meaning. Why? So I can be happy. Why? Because that’s what’s important in life.
Notice that you sometimes have to change how you’ ask “why” to keep the questions focused inward rather than outward to irrelevant external factors. It wouldn’t do any good to ask “Why does this job pay well and offer me a chance to grow” since the important thing is that it does, not why it does.
FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS
Research shows that people who make decisions quickly, even when lacking information, tend to be more satisfied with their decisions than people who research and carefully weight their options. Some of this difference is simply in the lower level of stress the decision created, but much of it comes from the very way our brains work.
The conscious mind can only hold between 5 and 9 distinct thoughts at any given mind. That means that any complex problem with more than (on average) 7 factors is going to overflow the conscious mind’s ability to function effectively – leading to poor choices.
Our unconscious, however, is much better at juggling and working through complex problems. People who “go with their gut” are actually trusting the work their unconscious mind has already done, rather than second-guessing it and relying on their conscious mind’s much more limited ability to deal with complex situations.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
Whatever process you use to arrive at your decision, your satisfaction with your decision will depend largely on whether you claim ownership of your choices. If you feel pressured into a choice or not in control of the conditions, you’ll find even positive outcomes colored negatively. On the other hand, taking full responsibility for your choices can make even failure feel like a success – you’ll know you did your best and you’ll have gained valuable experience for next time.
So make the right decisions!!!!

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