That doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind if your choice doesn’t work out or if a better option comes along.
When you pick one thing, it doesn’t mean you have to give the other things up entirely. It could be a matter of timing, and you could choose other things at a later date. You can also take the pressure off your decision-making by making one choice and delaying another.
- Most decisions are quite small. For example, if you’re not already a surgeon, you can’t make a big decision and decide to be one right now. What you can decide is to:
- Research what being a surgeon is like.
- Take courses that will get you ready for medical school.
- Apply yourself in those courses.
Each of these decisions is relatively small and manageable.
Decision-Making Methods to Try
There is no 100% guaranteed method for making the right decisions. But here are 2 methods you can try:
This linear approach is useful when making straight-ahead choices like which program to take or which apartment to rent. This method will help you make a decision based on logic. It also gives you steps to follow when you need to make a more complex decision but don’t know where to start:
- Define the problem.
- Brainstorm alternatives.
- Research—gather information.
- Process the information.
- List the pros and cons.
- Choose the option with the fewest cons and the most pros.
- Act on your choice.
- Evaluate your choice.
“Feels Right” Decision-Making
Another way to make a decision is based on “gut feel”—what feels right.
Take your time and support the process:
- Do some research around the decision.
- Shadow someone who has chosen one of the outcomes you’re considering or has made a similar decision.
- Try on your decision. Live for a day as if you had made your choice. See how you feel.
- Talk it over with your supporters at work, school, in your family, and at the activities you're involved in - your very own board of directors.