I wish taking a decision in life was as easy as it sounds. Unfortunately, decision making tends to be an uphill task for me (hope I am not alone on this one).
I walked into a shop a while ago, hoping to buy some kitchen props; after an hour of holding one item, turning it round, seeing a crack where there was none, dropping the bowl and moving to the next. Finally got home with just a few of the goods I set out to buy and was wondering (Kewan what is wrong with you? Why can’t you just pick up that skillet…). How difficult is that! Just a ‘simple’ purchasing decision.
If you decide not to make a decision, the consequence is nothing changes, you just remain where you are.
I am not one of the people whom decision making comes naturally for them. I am often faced with situations where I will need to follow a procedure to take a decision, thank God a gentle nudge from my H comes handy in many cases. My inability to make a fast decision ends up being costly and sometimes really costly.
Over time and after many mistakes, I have learned a few tips that help me make super smart decisions nowadays:
1. Thinking about it:
I have decided to give a careful thought to most of the things that require I take a decision. If I am going to buy a kitchen aid, I have to think about it ahead of time. H always say ‘weigh all the options available before taking a decision’ If he is going to buy a gadget, he often spend a substantial amount of time considering the pros and cons of the different options. Most of the times he ends up with the best! I am committing myself to do likewise!
2. Planning in advance:
I am not the best planner there is, but I have learned planning goes a long way to steer up a wheel in the right direction. A good plan makes an easy execution.
3. Talking to others (giants):
Before taking the decision to finally blog full time, I had to consult other bloggers. Talking with someone facing similar circumstances or who has probably gone ahead of you can be very helpful in the decision-making process. But you have to be careful whom you talk to, though!
If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. (Isaac Newton)
They will guide you using their wealth of experience, thus you will be able to make the sound, informed decisions.
4. Sleeping over it:
It happens at times that even after thinking, preparing and talking to experienced ones about a decision, all you need to do is to sleep over it. This allows all your thoughts, knowledge and info gained to sync while you sleep. I wake up the next day and VOILA, the right path is before me.
5. Praying about it:
Last but not the least important tip, I pray before taking important decisions. A little secret: this item comes first in my decision-making paradigm. Trusting God who knows all things to show me the way to go. This works out fine every time I apply it.
Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand and when ye turn to the left”.
May your ears be open to hearing that voice gently showing you the path to take throughout this year.