Those who have the choice are spoiled for choice. Here are 3 tips on how to come to balanced and good solutions for difficult decisions.
We have to make a lot of decisions every day. There are about 20,000 small decision-making processes that occur in our heads every day. It starts with choosing what we eat for breakfast, whether we prefer to take the train or bike to the office, arrange an after-work drink later or prefer to relax on the couch with a series, and then ends with the decision whether we should watch another episode or finally go to bed on time. We are trained in these seemingly simple everyday decisions, often they run automatically. But what happens when we have to make important decisions? Should I change jobs? Do I want to go abroad again? Should I tell my boss that I'm dissatisfied? It is getting more difficult here and so we have summarized 5 tips on how to make a good decision.
1. Get an overview
If you want to make a good decision, you need to know what your options are. Because if you choose something, you automatically choose something or the other way around. In general, you should first get an overview of the situation and thoroughly analyze what exactly the situation is. You can only make an important decision with a clear conscience if you know exactly what is going on and know all the facts.
It has never hurt to ask for advice. Sometimes you are so involved in a situation that you can no longer get a neutral perspective. It can help to simply ask an outside person for help and get advice. This will open up a whole new perspective for you, maybe some things will look less dramatic or the decision is not as difficult as you thought. You should always discuss it with someone you aspire to be when you grow up. In the end, you have to make your own decision, but discussing it with familiar people is an important step in the decision-making process.
3. Create a worst-case forecast
You shouldn't paint the devil on the wall and think too pessimistically, but when you make important decisions, it is perfectly appropriate to imagine the worst that could happen. You are often very afraid of making the wrong decision and then having to live with the consequences. But if you've ever faced what the worst-case scenario would be, it can help take the pressure off. Because then you usually notice: No decision is final and usually the risk is far less than expected. Before doing anything, it’s best to think of the consequences of the action you are about to make, because you have to be prepared for the worst, so you won't get too disappointed.