3 tips on conquering the complex and making the right decisions02 Mar 2015
In life, choice can be both a joy and curse. It’s easy to choose between two favourable things – like whether it should be a wine or a beer kind of day – but switching between two difficult options – such as picking the right job – can pose issues.
Subsequently, being a good decision maker is crucial in getting stuff done. Here are the things to keep in mind when you’re presented with a choice and want to ensure you’re getting it right:
Go with your gut
The idea of ‘gut instinct’ may seem like a bit of a gimmick, but is actually a pointer as to how discerning you are.
Making a decision by taking no other information into account is tricky and can provide scattered results. However, honing your emotional filter that objectifies every choice will make it easier to just go with your instinct, and ultimately find the right outcome.
Creative problem solving can unlock ideas and outcomes through ‘thinking outside the box’. While that saying is a little cliche, tackling issues in an alternative way can help find the right result.
Challenging the conventional wisdom and making the decision that is best for your interests – but not necessarily the easiest – is one of the best ways to reach the right outcome.
Have an alternative
Even the most well-informed decision may later prove to be detrimental. Having a backup plan in place can help if anything does go wrong further down the line.
Maintaining a 100 per cent successful decision rate is unlikely as after all, we all make mistakes. However, having a contingency in place should form part of any wider decision-making plan. At the end of the day, no ‘Plan B’ will make things difficult if the consequences of any decision do spiral out of control.