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Decision-Making—Individual

Do or do not. There is no try.
YODA, FROM THE MOVIE THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

We are all faced with many choices every day. Some are easy and others are tough. Dealing successfully with the tough issues is a skill that will reduce stress and save time. Here is a step-by-step process that will help.

LOOK AT ALL YOUR OPTIONS

  1. If the problem is large, important, or complex, write it down. If not, visualize each alternative. Don't exclude any options, no matter how crazy they may seem.

EVALUATE YOUR CHOICES LOGICALLY

  1. Think of the pros and cons of each option. Weight according to criteria such as speed of implementation, simplicity, and cost. Give a score to each and figure out which option scores highest overall.

EVALUATE EACH CHOICE INTUITIVELY

    • Which "feels" better? Which best fits with your values and morals? If you are not sure, try flipping a coin. If the choice is one that feels right, go with it. If it feels wrong, then you know that the other option is probably better.

    • Alternative techniques of evaluation include asking a trusted friend or mentor. Listen to his or her advice without negating choices.

    • Construct a decision tree. With each option, you create two branches — a yes and a no branch. Keep the yes branch progressing until you reach a solution.

MAKE THE DECISION

  1. Make it boldly and with conviction, because it will prove to be the right decision only if you make it so. You owe it to yourself to make your choice successful.

DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN

  1. List the steps necessary to complete the decision successfully. Carry them out until you have proven to yourself that the decision was a good one.


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