Making decisions is a part of life. From a young age, parents begin to offer their toddler the chance to have control by making a decision – would you like to play with the red truck or the blue doll? As we grow, our decision-making capacity increases, giving us even more control over our life and environment. Choices are good, right?
Sometimes, making a decision doesn’t feel empowering. Instead, it can feel downright stressful. In fact, most people do express worry about making major decisions in life. Without the proper coping skills and techniques, making decisions can cause a spiral of anxiety and second-guessing.
The next time you are faced with a decision, big or small, consider trying out any of these decision-making strategies. Find one, or a few, that work for you and watch as decisions are no longer a trigger for worry.
List Pros and Cons
When faced with a choice, consider making an actual list of the pros and cons of each choice. We think that our brains do this assessment independently, but writing down a list can bring clarity to major and minor decisions.
Take Your Time
We tend to rush through our decision-making process, which can only further stress or regret. The next time you feel pressured, either internally or externally, to make a quick decision, take a step back. Give yourself the time you need to make an informed decision, but also give yourself a reasonable deadline to make the choice. Without that end goal date, you may choose to procrastinate making the decision for too long.
The more information you have at your fingertips, the better you can make your best decision. Research and ask questions, making sure you feel well prepared to make the choice at hand.
Some decisions are best made with the input of others. Asking for opinions or counsel from trusted friends is wise, and gives you multiple perspectives to consider. However, remember that the decision is yours to make in the end, even if you choose differently from the advice you were given.
Follow Your Intuition
Many times, we already know the answer to a big decision. Our intuition is the little voice inside us that nudges us in the best direction for us. Unfortunately, we don’t always know how to listen to that voice. That is where Mel Doerr comes in.
For decades, Mel Doerr has used his Intuitive Strategic Planning technique with clients throughout the country. He teaches clients how to listen to their intuition and use that new-found power to make positive decisions.
Are you ready to harness your own intuition? Set up an appointment and discover your inner voice.