Everyone mulls over what they should do next whether they are thinking about giving their hot date a ring, which major to choose in college or taking up a new job offer. And this decision making process should never be taken lightly.
People make decisions everyday but do not give this mundane thought process enough of importance. Most people just take rushed decisions without giving them too much thought and this can backfire anytime. Here are a few simple pointers that can help you make better and more effective decisions.
Find out facts
Very few of us bother with facts even though hunting for information is an obvious thing to do. Don’t be so charmed with your date that you forget to find out what they do for a living, what their family is like and if their lifestyle habits gel with yours. Find out what the future job prospects of the major you have picked in college are. Books, websites or counselors can help you out with this.
Cause and effect
You alone will have to bear the outcome of all your choices and so consider all the possibilities before taking the leap. Start by finding out why you have choosen to take a particular action in your life. Why do you want to study a particular subject and if you will be better off working right now instead of studying. Understand the risks and compromises involved and if you can live with them.
Listening to other people’s views and opinions can widen your knowledge and broaden your perspective. You can talk to your teachers, parents, friends, family friends or even a counselor. Their experience, wisdom and advice can throw light on things you never even considered before.
How do you feel about it?
Most people follow their guts when it comes to everyday decisions and they are probably doing the right thing. Your inborn instincts tell a lot and you should listen to them. Meditate over your plan of action and find out if the choices make you feel good. However, ask yourself if you are willing to take the risk of relying only on your guts.