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Understanding the importance of decision-making
Identifying biases that affect decision-making
Analyzing the potential outcomes of a decision
Imagining what could happen before you act can help guide you toward the best decision.
Consider how your decisions would improve your life and the lives of others close to you. This approach can be more effective than making a list of pros and cons, as it recognizes not every benefit or drawback is weighted equally.
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Rushed decisions are rarely the best decisions. When someone makes decisions too quickly, they are often guided by biases and natural inclinations rather than objective information. Take advantage of the time you have available to make your decisions.
Every time you make decisions, you can get better at it.
A good decision-maker chooses actions that give the best outcome for themselves and others. They enter into the decision-making process with an open mind and do not let their own biases sway them. They make decisions rationally, after researching alternatives and understanding the consequences.
The more alternatives you consider, the more likely you are to make successful decisions. Carefully considering a wide range of potential choices is best.
Communicating with others during your decision-making process can offer fresh perspectives that may present alternatives you hadn't con...
The decisions you make should help you or your company achieve goals. Identifying your individual and business goals can direct you toward the best choice. When you know what results you want, making decisions can be more straightforward.
For example, imagine you are considering whether...
Resisting the urge to draw conclusions and staying open-minded until reaching a final decision can help you to overcome confirmation bias and make better decisions.
It is a natural tendency to draw conclusions first, then seek out evidence that supports it. However, this c...
Understanding why you are making decisions, what your options are and the impact of selecting each option helps you make more informed and better choices.
The most successful decision-makers know when they have collected enough information to make the best decisions. Once they have, th...
Having a variety of choices early in the decision-making process is important, but in time a wide range of choices can be overwhelming and confusing.
Eliminating options throughout the decision-making process reduces these feelings. Discount choices when you learn they are not the ...
Every decision you make has consequences for you, and potentially for other people as well. Try to adjust your thinking to make decisions without worrying about making mistakes.
Though you need to consider potential outcomes, the safest option is not always the best one. If you choose ...
Some of the personality traits that may impact your decision-making are:
Applying these proven decision-making strategies should help you become a better decision-maker.
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When you’re making an important decision, create a list of pros and cons. This list makes you dig down deep.
It can also help to share your list with someone else or ask a friend or partner to help brainstorm more pros and cons. This list gives you the clarity you need to m...
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