“We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.” —Stephen Covey
From deciding to expand, to hiring new people, to creating more income—doing business means making decisions. Some decisions are easy, and some require thought and consideration. Yet when you give your decision-making process due diligence, you increase the odds of getting the outcome you want.
I’ve found that the when up against a decision that impacts my business, I get the best results when I combine inner and outer work. I’ve learned to trust my inner knowing.
In her article on making decisions, Cindy Dietrich says, “There are several important factors that influence decision-making. Significant factors include past experiences, a variety of cognitive biases, an escalation of commitment and sunk outcomes, individual differences, including age and socioeconomic status, and a belief in personal relevance. These things all impact the decision-making process and the decisions made.”
With this in mind, our post includes tips that will support you in moving through the decision-making process to get the results you want.
1. Be Open Minded
Be open-minded and don’t take things personally. This means being open to others’ knowledge, even when it’s the opposite of what you’re considering.
People will have different opinions, but that doesn’t mean they’re antagonistic or wrong. And whether you agree or not, it’s empowering to see things from a different perspective without taking it personally.
If you have it wired in your mind that things have to be a certain way, you’ll create a blind spot to many factors that impact your decisions.
2. Learn From Others
When you lack information about the decision you’re making, find out from someone who has expertise in that area. Learn what you need to make a good decision by gathering information from trustworthy sources. Bonus Tip: Get more than one opinion if you can.
As you accumulate information, look for evidence to support you in making the right decision. Ask yourself, “Does this make sense, and will it support me in the outcome I want to achieve?”
3. Be Objective and Realistic
When looking at your decision, be objective and realistic about where your decision will lead you. I am of a mind that anything is possible, but when making big decisions it’s important to consider what is probable as well as what is possible.
Explore what it will take to get you to your desired outcome. Be inquisitive. If something feels like a big roadblock, don’t ignore it. Explore what it will take to move through it by gathering more information or coming up with a solution.
The truth is, if you know what is probable, you’re more likely to create what you never dreamed was possible.
Get rid of any irrelevant details and synthesize what you know. Let go of the minutia that doesn’t matter. This will make your decisions clearer and easier to make.
Outline the essential elements involved in getting to your desired result, and consciously examine the relationship between those elements. Eliminate anything extraneous. Keeping things simple will support you in seeing where your decisions will take you.
5. Trust Your Intuition
Once you’ve clarified the outcome you want and the steps to achieve it, be willing to step into the unknown. Trust your intuition. Take the time to go within and listen.
Are you on the right track? Is this the next step to grow your business? Does this decision align with your principles and what you want to create?
Ask yourself the questions that matter to you. Trust that you have all you need within you to make the decision that is best for you.
Putting It All Together
When you have big decisions to make, take the time to remember these steps. Gathering information, being open, objective, and realistic through the process will get you the knowledge you need. Simplify to get a clear image of the situation, and trust your inner knowing to bring it all together.
These simple steps will increase the odds of your decisions leading you to the best possible results.