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5 Keys To Making Decisions – In Times Of Doubt

5 Keys To Making Decisions – In Times Of Doubt

Making decisions can be challenging, especially when faced with multiple options in significant life situations. Everyone has experienced complex scenarios where the course of action is uncertain. In such instances, the sensation of being overwhelmed is common, and several factors contribute to this feeling.

From grappling with an abundance of choices to the belief in an elusive ideal option or the fallacy of predicting the future, these conditions often leave individuals feeling stuck between competing considerations.

To navigate this mental impasse, it is imperative to first gather relevant information to substantiate decision-making, particularly when empirical data can lend support. A study featured in the Harvard Business Review, involving 442 global executives, revealed that 43% acknowledged their leadership decisions are influenced more by accumulated experience than by data, with only 13% expressing full confidence in their corporate decision-making.

Following the acquisition of data, the subsequent step involves a meticulous comparison of the pros and cons associated with each potential course of action. This critical analysis facilitates the identification of the most promising options.

Moreover, embracing external perspectives can offer invaluable insights, particularly when one’s involvement in a matter impedes objectivity. Consequently, consulting with trusted friends or advisors is recommended, as they can provide fresh viewpoints.

Subsequent to soliciting expert opinions or trusted counsel, it is essential to allocate time for introspection. Just as sediment settles at the bottom and clarity ensues in a vessel of water, moments of reflection allow for mental clarity to emerge.

Before arriving at a final decision, it is prudent to consider whether any pertinent factors have been overlooked. Embracing the realization that perfection is elusive, individuals must trust in their capacity for discernment and acknowledge that the chosen path represents the best decision at that juncture. Above all, exercising self-compassion is paramount, as it fosters resilience in the face of potential future outcomes resulting from present choices.

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BY:  Ismael Cala  |  @CALA

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