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How can I make better decisions?

This is a question clients bring to coaching.

The answer is different for everyone. I often start to explore this topic with my client by asking them what makes a “good decision” for them.

Decision-making is a crucial skill not only for executives and entrepreneurs but for everyone.

We all face important or challenging decisions, some with big impact some with less.

Sometimes we feel confident and clear about what to do; other times, we feel confused and overwhelmed, especially when faced with uncertainty, ambiguity, or conflicting information.

How can you overcome these challenges and make better decisions? Here are some tips that I have learned from my clients and own experiences:

💡Identify your values and priorities. Knowing what matters most to you can help you make decisions that align with your goals and beliefs.

💡Define your goals and criteria. Before you make a decision, you need to know what you want to achieve and how you will measure success. This will help you narrow down your choices and focus on the most relevant factors.

💡Seek diverse perspectives and test assumptions. Don’t rely on your own assumptions or biases. Seek input from different sources. Listen to different opinions and perspectives, and try to understand the rationale behind them.

💡Evaluate the pros and cons. For each option, list the potential benefits and drawbacks, as well as the likelihood and impact of each outcome. This will help you compare the trade-offs and risks involved in each option.

💡Trust your intuition but don't let emotion cloud your judgement. Sometimes, you may not have enough time or information to make a rational analysis or you might choose to rely on your intuition or gut feeling.

💡Learn from past experiences. Reflect on your past decisions & outcomes, and use them to inform your choices.

💡Take action and learn from feedback. Once you make a decision, act on it and monitor the results. Seek feedback from others and evaluate the outcomes. Learn from your mistakes and successes, and use them to

improve your future decisions.

Decision-making is not easy, but it can be improved with practice and reflection. As Steve Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

What are some of the decisions that you are proud of? How did you make them?

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