The inspiration for my Top 5 Strategies for a Better Future - Improve your Decision Making Skills came from PicketBrain and their “3 strategies for radically better decision making”. In their model, the three strategies consist of Manage your Emotions, Create a Vision and Control your Needs and Neediness.
For everybody who has read my previous posts I don’t need to point out that in my approach I am not so much interested in the mainstream notion of decision making for future business success, but rather am I interested in the way people do and/or should approach decisions in their private life that will shape their future. While I would like to keep the first two components from the existing model, my complete Top 5 Strategies for a Better Future - Improve your Decision Making Skills are as followed:
- Manage your emotions
- Create a vision
- Develop a plan - Future planning
- Believe in yourself and your decision
- Take responsibility
Based on this theory, science also suggests that 78% of what we think is wrong. Therefore, controlling your emotions and changing how you think is a big contributor to making better decisions. To do this, you must work on your emotional state. If you sometimes struggle with controlling your emotions, try these ideas:
- When confronted with a decision, create a visual image of a blank slate
- Pay attention to your body’s physical clues
- Don’t get too high, or too low, when confronted with a tough decision
3.Develop a plan - Future planning In the plan you should clearly identify what exactly are my options, who are the important actors affected, usually one would start with her- or himself and then family or friends, and what outcome would be desirable for each of them. Think how each option you have in front of you affects them (most importantly how they affect you). Then consider what, once you take the decision, this will mean in terms of concrete actions that need to be taken in the immediate future. Be aware of spillover effects and what problems some of the required future actions can potentially cause. Overall, it is just important that you are very clear about what the implications of a decision are, what actions are required in the immediate future, what additional adversities these actions can cause, and what needs to be done in the longer run to make the decision a successful one. This leads me to the most important component of my Top 5 Strategies for a Better Future.
4. Believe in yourself and your decision I think this is probably the most important part of the decision making process that will turn any decision into a positive outcome for your future. It is based on a very simple fact in life - we can’t run a randomised control trial (RCT) on how a situation would have turned out if we had taken a different decision in the past. We only have the example of the decision we took. Therefore, any decision you are about to make is the right one - why? Because it is up to YOU to make a decision the right one! Any decision can turn out to significantly shape your future and it is up to you to make this a positive influence. In my example “First important decision in life” I could have easily chosen not to go abroad, as so many of my peers did. I would have never found out what I missed, and equally I now don’t know what I probably missed staying at home. But I took the decision to go and I went with a positive attitude, determined to make the decision I took the ‘right one’ for my future. I knew at the time that if I had the right attitude towards my decision and the trust, faith and confidence in me, that the year abroad could be the best time in my (then young) life - and that is exactly what happened. 5.Take responsibility One of the most difficult parts of the decision making process is to take responsibility for the decisions and actions taken. However, it is undoubtedly one of the most important ones. Because while all the previous four points should help you to make the right decision for a positive future, everybody will err. The Top 5 Strategies for a Better Future - Improve your Decision Making Skills are not a recipe for always making the right decision for your future, but rather they will significantly increase the proportion of right decisions. So when it comes to the point when you realised a decision didn’t turn out to be the ‘right’ one and the results are not as expected, it is important to embrace that fact and try to learn from it.If you take responsibility: