How to make a good decision in 10 steps


We make tons of decision in our lives, even in our daily routine (what time to get up, what to wear, who to call, etc.). Most of them are not quite crucial, but some can even change our lives, and so they requiere a well constructured process in order to get the best solution. The clearer we have our objective, our goals and values, the more difficult it is to be manipulated, and so the easiest it is to achieve them. We are what we decide.

We might think that our decisions are always very rational, that we know how to deal with problems, but we might have not realized how much the context can affect our perspective. The cognitive ilussion and the comparision method are more usual than we believe, and can make us often take the unwanted choice. Furthermore, they make us believe we are taking an option that has already been taken for us. If you don’t believe it, watch this video from TED Talks in 2008, it lasts 17 min. ,worth to see.

Dan Ariely in TED Talks. Are we in control of our own decisions?

Here you have 10 steps needed in the process of making a BIG decision, as a summary and approach of  the “Decision Making Workshop” from Prof. Jan Strycharz I just took in Trumau (Vienna), during the summer seminars of the Phoenix Institute in Europe, that I found extremely interesting and I’m enjoyed so much.

1. Define and focus the problem in long terms. Determinate the real issue.
2. Find out wheather the problem is important or not.
3. Decide the time and resources you may need or you want to use.
4. Involve the stakeholders we need to argue and see different perspectives.
5. Consider a variety of potential solutions, being creative.
6. Get as much information as possible of every choice.
7. Asume your own limitations.
8. Evaluate the risk of each alternative and possible consequences.
9. Make a final decition with confidence.
10. Communicate your decition including a rational justification.

None election is perfect, but we have the power to chose, if we use the right tools and develope our skills. I hope you find this article as useful as this workshop was for me. I promise it’ll be traslated into Spanish for those who can’t understand English very well, it is worth to read. Thank you Jan!

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