Choosing a life that you love is all about decisions!

A person is defined by the decisions they make. Life as we have come to know it, is made up of decisions that we make, either wrong or right. These decisions at the end of the day, combined, give direction to the life that we lead today and have a bearing on what is to come tomorrow.

They determine who we become and have an influence on our position in society. So vital is the process of decision making, that a person was given the free will to choose. And we can only know what is right and what is wrong if we have knowledge and information to make informed and wise decisions.

So important is the process of decision making that sometimes, one bad decision can ruin not only one’s life but it can also have a great impact on the lives of those around that individual, the community, the nation and even the world at large. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that as we develop ourselves as individuals, we dwell on decision making and equip ourselves with the skill, tools, and wisdom to make wise, sound decisions. Many scholars, writers, and researchers have put forward a lot of literature and theories about decision and the decision making process, all in a bit to educate you and I on how to make wise decisions. In psychology, decision making is regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action amount several possible alternative options.

A lot has ben said on the subject, however, to date, as individuals we still struggle when it comes to this part of our lives and find ourselves making poor decision, some that go onto ruin our lives. The bottom line is with little or no knowledge at all, it is very difficult to make an informed decision.

Many a great man and woman, have seen their lives tumble down all because they failed to master the art of decision making. I say it is an art because is an expression of oneself, one’s knowledge on a particular subject, and one’s boldness to make a choice and stand by it.

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Here are three steps that can help you with your decision making.

Gather as much information as possible!

Before making any decision, learn to equip yourself with as much information as possible about the decision you are about to make. It could be the various choices or options that are at your disposal. It could be the impact, effects, or the consequences that each of these choices has. Before making a decision, gather, research, assess, and be in a better position than you were before making the decision. One can never get to a point where they have exhausted all the avenues or possibilities surrounding a decision by they can make an informed choice relying on work that they have done prior.

Make the decision

Once you have equipped yourself with information, be brave enough to make the decision. Decisions will not make themselves. They need one to stand up and make a choice. This is not an easy thing to do but it must be done. Many successful men and women are where they are today because they were brave enough to stand up and be counted. They were brave enough to make that decision that many were afraid to make.

Lastly, stand by it

Learn to always stand by the decision you make whether it turns out to be right or wrong. Learn to have a backbone, to trust your judgment, and stand by it. When a wrong decision is made, and as a result, a glass is broken, learn to apologize where an apology is due, clear the mess and pick up the pieces and move on. We learn from the decisions that we make. We will not be perfect overnight but it is in practicing and applying these steps that we get better and grow to master the at of decisions.

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