As we grow and take on greater responsibilities, we often find ourselves having to make good decisions that are executed quickly. While decisiveness is certainly a commendable trait, certain situations are better handled with a thorough thought process and intensive research, even if doing so means a delayed decision.
When most people have a problem, they want to find and implement a solution so quickly that they sometimes don’t take the time to see whether that solution is the best fit for the problem. Hasty decisions often lead to more problems. It takes time to do the necessary research and make an educated decision to solve any problem, which is why it’s usually better to wait and make no choice immediately than make the wrong decision and pay for it later.
Here’s what you can do the next time you’re faced with a decision-making situation with the added constraint of time:
1. To Make Good Decisions, Hit Pause
Most decisions that require urgent attention can wait at least 24 hours. However, some of us may feel under pressure and have an impulsive urge to decide on or respond to matters as soon as possible, which can sometimes backfire.
GET MY SHORT VERSION OF
THE 18 PRINCIPLES TO SUCCESS
Before deciding on anything, we should first double check the deadline and perhaps take at least a day to think about the matter at hand. While waiting, we gain a deeper sense of clarity and are therefore able to make better decisions. If we’re still unable to come to a conclusion at the end of the day, it wouldn’t hurt to explain the situation to the parties concerned and request more time to think. If anything, it does more good than harm.
2. Decide by Weighing Up the Pros and Cons
If we’re unable to make up our minds, it’s usually because we have more than one option to choose from. If that’s the case, ask yourself, “What do I want out of this?”. Once you’ve pinned down the answer, making the right decision becomes a whole lot easier.
If you’d like to be thorough, you could write down the pros and cons of each of the choices that you could make. Our thoughts may sometimes get jumbled up and confuse us, so writing things down can add clarity to any situation. Once you’ve weighed up the pros and cons of the different choices, you can make the final decision with absolute certainty.
HOMELESS TO BILLIONAIRE
GET A FREE CHAPTER
3. Get a Different Perspective Before Deciding
Having an extra pair of eyes is always helpful. When you’re in a state of confusion, reach out to a person whose judgment you trust and ask for their opinion. Another person’s input could be highly valuable since they could point out things we’ve missed or wouldn’t have thought of, thereby widening our perspective. Thanks to technological advancements, you could also trust online search engines and AIs to guide you in your decision-making process. In the end, you will have all the information you need to make a well-informed decision.
4. Trust Your Gut
When we’re faced with a tough decision, we usually know in our gut what the right choice is. In fact, humans have the ability to understand some things instinctively without the need for conscious reasoning. It’s a form of unconscious reasoning that comes from years of collection, storage and synthesis of information.
After you’ve studied and understood a situation, follow your gut feeling if you have one. It’ll likely be the right choice.
5. Don’t Let Your Hunger for Success Get in the Way of Doing the Right Thing
Some decisions we make may ensure our success, but it doesn’t always mean they’re the right things to do. It’s important that we stay true to our beliefs and values when making decisions and do not allow our moral compass to become compromised. If we do, it’s unlikely that our decisions will make us happy in the long run.
HOMELESS TO BILLIONAIRE
GET A FREE CHAPTER
However, gaining knowledge can sometimes make us feel less confident about our abilities as we begin to realize there’s so much that we don’t know. When this happens, we need to combine our knowledge with experience. Putting the knowledge we gain into action aids our learning and comprehension. Not only does it restore our lost confidence, but it also increases it.
The next time you have an important decision to make, be calm and patient and give yourself some time to think before acting. Author Mark Batterson says we are all one decision away from a totally different life, so make every decision count!
About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
Leave a comment below, and join the conversation!