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Making Difficult Decisions

  • October 2, 2018
  • Written by Meridian Admin

If you’re in business, making tough decisions comes with the territory and often they spill over into your personal life, which of course has its own raft of difficult decisions. So, what can you do to make things a little easier on yourself? Here are ten things to consider when that next doozy of a decision comes along to haunt you and interrupt your sleep.

  1. Don’t get hung up on being angry or upset. The situation sucks, it’s not as you would like it to be, but it is what it is. Get on with it, accept it and start with an open mind.
  2. Ask yourself; why is this decision so tough? What makes it tough? Listen to your instincts.
  3. Think about your level of investment in the situation. Is this current problem a result of past actions and/or events? Things you said or did? Things other people said or did? Now forget it all – the past is the past.
  4. Don’t leave making difficult decisions until late in the day; deal with them early in the morning when you are fresh and not jaded by all the crap you’ve had to deal with all day. Fatigue is the enemy of good decision-making.
  5. Don’t overthink challenges or situations—don’t make them more complicated than they are, or they need to be.
  6. Consider all your options and write them down. Write down the upsides and the downsides. Think of the consequences of each option and don’t focus on or jump to a quick fix. Quick fixes are rarely that in the long run.
  7. Take stock of resources available to you to help you make the decision, both your own and those you can bring onboard to assist you. Think information, and more importantly look for people with relevant knowledge, experience or skills who might assist you.
  8. Forget the past and look at each option as a fresh start based on moving forward. Which option has the best, or biggest upside? Imagine you have made a decision—what does that look like? What does it feel like?
  9. Try to imagine what you would advise a good friend, or perhaps your son or daughter to do in the same circumstances. Pull yourself out of the picture, pull your ego out of the situation.
  10. Once you decide on a course of action—once you make your decision, don’t second guess yourself. Often your first, gut instinct will be correct.

Life is full of tough decisions, but they don’t need to control your life. Don’t let every situation requiring a difficult decision become a burden; deal with it quickly, effectively and move on.

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