10 Tips to Making Good Decisions

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By Certified Coach
Deb Scott 


“Should I, or shouldn’t I?”

The question is not if you must make decisions, but how to make  good decisions.

Here are my Top 10 Tips to Make Good Decisions.


 Making Good Decisions


1  Write down the Objective.

What is it you ultimately want to accomplish.  Get a new job, move or start a business is not specific enough.  The objective should be clearly stated in a way which describes the benefits of achieving the goal.  “I want to move to a warm climate where I can engage in outdoor activities year round and simply my life with a lower cost of living.”  VS “I want to move.”

2.  Collect Facts:  Good AND Bad

Do your Homework and gather all the information, good and bad, like and dislike.  You are not making the decision here, just a sound assessment of all your options for consideration.  There is no rush to get through this critical step.  Researcher Paul Nutt states, “Only 1 in 10 decisions is urgent. Only 1 in 100 is a crisis. You have time to reflect.”   The more time you take to gather all the information, the better your decision is likely to be.

3. List Possible Consequences of Decision

Brain storm all the possible outcomes of each decision and choice.  Detach from the emotion – focus on all the possibilities.  What would happen if? How would I feel if?   Listing extreme positives and negatives at this stage is a good idea.

4. Do a Gut Check

Now that you have completed the above steps, sit in a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed and visualize each scenario you have listed.  How does you gut feel?  Is your stomach in knots?  Is your heart beating with excitement?  Pay attentions to what your body is telling you and write it down.

5. Don’t Over Think

Avoid placing judgement on what you have written down.  Be open to the fact you might not know, what you don’t know.

6.  Make the Decision

Review the good work you have completed and tabulate what choice brings you the most favorable results, along with the most positive physical gut reaction.  These facts will lead you to the best choice.  remember, the best choice is not the perfect choice.  There is no perfect choice.

7. Stick with Your Decision

Once you have made your decision, trust the process.  Follow-through to the end, because you don’t want to give up 5 minutes before the miracle.

8.  Give Yourself Permission to Navigate the Unexpected

Be sensible in the sense you must give yourself permission to navigate differently in the event of an unexpected crisis.  Obviously ‘life is happening while you make other plans’, so know that even the best thought out plan will be altered in the face of earth quakes and funerals.

9.  Review and Assess

Take time to review and asses your progress often.  This will encourage you to continue when you are able to validate positive results, and tweak your direction as needed to maintain forward momentum.

10. No Regrets

Regardless of what you expected your decision to create, congratulate yourself that you made the best decision possible with the information you had available to you at the time.  There is not a person alive, and especially some of the greatest successes in history, who hasn’t had the opportunity to learn from a decision.

Following these 10 tips allows you to follow a logical process of consequences based on completion of each task.  The answers unfold naturally for you, rather than you struggling to make something fit where it does not belong.


 The Rational Planning Model


“The rational planning model is the process of realizing a problem, establishing and evaluating planning criteria, creating alternatives, implementing alternatives, and monitoring progress of the alternatives. It is used in designing neighborhoods, cities, and regions. The rational planning model is central in the development of modern urban planning and transportation planning.”

Remember, good decision-making is a skill, and like any skill it can be learned.  The more you practice this process of good decision-making, the more skilled you will become at making good decisions every day!


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  • http://www.rebeccaanhalt.com Rebecca Anhalt

    #7 is right on the money. Once you have weighed out your options, stick to your decision! There is no value in the wasted time spent waffling on decisions. Great article!

  • http://www.releaseyourclutter.com tanya: Prof. Organizer

    Great article!

    I go through a similar process with my clients re: deciding which tasks to do first especially if its a big organizing project, and also when they’re deciding what to keep and not keep, this is sometimes a difficult task in of itself!

    I normally talk them through a process that’s along the same lines as the info you listed above.

    Again, great article, short and to the point!

  • http://www.mitzibeach.com mitzi Beach

    So few ever even write goals or pending decisions to make let alone go through this process for any decision. Think what potential could be unleashed if this were a routine or habit of our lives?
    I especially landed on points #7 and 8 which can be our downfall if we do not accept these facts.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Mitzi Beach

  • Sandra Agyemang,

    great very helpful, wanna print it out n share with my friend. thankx so much really motivated

  • http://www.RebuildingWellness.com Sue Ingebretson

    Great and useful info! Very concrete and do-able. Love it, Deb & Liz!