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A Guide to Making Big Decisions with Confidence

By August 10, 2018 No Comments

Are you the type of person who hates that feeling of being in limbo, and so tends to make decisions as quickly as possible? Sometimes not really taking the time to consider if there’s a better option out there?

Perhaps you’re someone who is the opposite and can’t make up their mind despite taking weeks to contemplate every small detail regarding the problem? Either way, making big decisions is no easy task – in large part because we can usually never be 100% sure that we’re making the right one.

The question is, when making a big decision, do you listen more to your head or your heart? Emotions are often the driving force behind the decisions that we make. While this is often a good thing when it comes to relationships, it is debatable whether it leads to good choices when it comes to other important aspects of our lives. So, are you making logical decisions where it really counts? Here are our top tips for making sure that you do.

Define Your Problem

Before you can solve it, you’ll need to make sure that you fully understand your own problem. You’ll also need to think very carefully about what you would like to change, and how you’d like to change it.

Brainstorm Solutions

It is a great idea to think of as many potential solutions as possible before deciding which one to implement. For example, maybe you feel unhappy with the course that you’re studying, and think that you might be better suited to another career path. Potential solutions could be to chat with a career counsellor, drop out of university and get a job while you decide what it is that you really want. Or, stick it out and make changes to your career path at a later stage. There’s no right decision. It’s all about what choice would lead to the best possible outcome for you.

Think About Outcomes

Most people will consider the pros and cons of each potential solution, but what they should really be doing is thinking about the possible outcomes of each one. For example, what is the most successful outcome vs. what is the worst that can happen?

If you’re willing to risk the worst possible outcome in order to try to attain the success, then it’s a viable solution. If you’re not, then it’s time to move on to the next one.

Make a Decision Based on Facts

While it’s important to also listen to your gut when it comes to making a final choice, you also need to make sure that you consider all the facts from your brainstorm. Facts are more concrete than emotions, and can often lead to more logical decisions, especially from a career perspective.

Implement Your Solution with Conviction

Once you have made a decision, implement it with confidence and conviction. Approaching with caution or doubting yourself isn’t going to do you any favours and is sure to increase your chances of failure.

Do you have any helpful decision-making tips to share with your fellow students? Tell us in the comments section below.

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