Some people handle decision-making in their stride, embracing the risk and uncertainty. They are willing to take a gamble, and expect the consequences of their choice and move on. Others waver at the near paralyzing prospect of having to make a decision.
The wisdom of God's Word tells us, if you intend to build a structure, you should first sit down, count the cost and determine whether you have sufficient resources to finish it (Luke 14:24). It would benefit all of us to use God's wisdom in making our decisions.
We live in a world of information overload. Yet many people haven’t learned how to make simple informed choices. How do you make a good decision?
Here is a simple decision-making process in an acrostic.
D ---Define the issue
E --Elicit information
C --Compare choices
I --Imagine the consequences
D --Decide--choose one
E --Evaluate 'Next time I ......'
1. Define the issue. State the problem (What decision needs to be made?) This will simplify the process immensely. There can be multiple decision opportunities in seemingly one decision. Clarify and simplify the decision issue.
2. Elicit information. Gathering and processing facts and data concerning the choices to be made. This is vitally important to good decision-making. Significant decisions require more diligence in the information gathering process. Always do your homework.
3. Compare choices. Identify and explore several options or alternative possibilities. Logic, common sense and intuition enter in to this comparison. Feelings are good to consider but secondary in the decision making process.
4. Imagine the consequences. Consider each possible choice and the impact it could have on self and others. Also, ask yourself the question 'Do I feel comfortable with this choice?' 'Can I live with it?'
5. Decide and choose one. With the resources at your disposal, make your choice. Implement your decision with wholeheartedness.
6. Evaluate your decision. Was your choice appropriate? Learn from your choices, improve your skills, and move on. As Joyce James says, missteps are portals of discovery.
Realizing all decision-making is a PROCESS, revisions and course-changes may happen, but that is part of the process. Your skills improve with practice.