Developing Wisdom - 5 Steps for Making Decisions That Lead to Your Success
Life is full of choices you have to make each day that create outcomes
that can significantly affect your life. It is these challenges that
can change your direction and destiny in life if the wrong decision is
made. Therefore, it is easy to become paralyzed by fear
when facing such a crucial decision, and not take the opportunity to
control the situation that can determine success in your life.
what can you do to "Make Decisions that Lead to Success"? Just like
professional athletes who train themselves to compete so they win
consistently, you need to follow a decision making process that results
in providing a consistent positive outcomes that enhances your life.
Here are "4 Steps for Making Decisions that Lead to Success":
- The first step for any decision that has to be made is to "Explore"
why the decision is necessary. What are the ramifications if it wasn't
made or delayed? If it's a must, then move quickly to listing all
possible decisions that could be made in the situation. Write the
options on a piece of paper or in the computer where they are visible
for providing a comparison. Try to list as many possible solutions that
enter your mind, and be creative by thinking like you're solving a
problem. Its similar to swinging a bat in baseball because there may be
numerous types of stances, grips, and swings possible, but the only
thing that really matters is to whack the ball out of the park.
think about your decision as the ball you need to hit, and determine
the best option for a home run (your decision). Take the options on the
list and create two columns that signify the cause and effect result of
each solution. One should be for negative, less than positive, or only
a single-sided win. The other should be for the positive result you
and others involved desire. If the decision will affect multiple
parties try to choose the option that provides the best outcome for all
- Once you've decided on an action to take then move forward with the
decision. People often fall into the "paralysis analysis" trap during
the decision making process. To ensure that this is avoided create a
timeline for the decision to be made. "A line in the Sand" that will
prevent procrastination and the possible detrimental repercussions
resulting by not taking action.
- Then you need to make it happen. Just like everything else in life,
nothing happens without action. Make your decision with confidence, and
stay vigilant concerning the outcome. Be prepared to move through the
process again if the decision doesn't produce your desired result by
starting at the beginning of the process to ensure you follow the "4
Steps for Making Decisions That Lead to Success".
Experience equanimity -
Finally, after your decision results in a positive outcome be sure to
archive this memory in your mind for future reference. By creating a
historical reference of your success for making difficult decisions,
you'll have the courage to face other challenges confidence knowing how
to "Make Decisions That Lead to Your Success".