The Five Ordered Steps of Problem-Solving
Step 4: Making a Decision
Due to impulsivity, being pressured by others, or feeling
like you have to do something, you may rush into decisions when you could wait.
On the other hand, you may have trouble making a decision and
acting on it because you worry that you may make the wrong decision or that your decision may
have consequences that you did not anticipate.
To help you make decisions with
- Reduce the chance that you are making an impulsive decision by,
- Not rushing to a decision. Instead, sleep on it.
- Ask "How will I feel about this decision 5 years from now?"
- Ask "What would I advise a friend to do?"
- Avoid feeling like making a decision is locking you in by realizing that
- Not acting is a decision. For example, if a woman waits 60 years to decide whether she will have children,
she has decided not to have children. So, ask "What would happen if I did
- You may be able to try out an option before committing to it (e.g., renting
- You may be able to change your options from "Should I do x OR y?" to "Could I do
- You can have a Plan B --and even Plans C, D, and E--in case plan A doesn't
work out. In fact, you probably should have a plan B: As Adam Bryant said, "If
you don't have a plan B, you don't have a plan."
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