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Reasons People Have Trouble Making Decisions
- Fearing failure.
- Fearing success. Believing that others will always expect perfection if you succeed once.
- Lacking the ability to set priorities, so you don’t know what to do first.
- Not knowing where to get the information you need to help you decide.
- Hoping someone else will decide.
- Having little experience in making decisions and feeling overwhelmed.
- Not being willing to sacrifice immediate comfort for the long-term gain.
- Fearing others will disapprove of your decision.
- Thinking, "I can’t do something if no one else that I know is doing it."
- Believing your decisions won’t matter.
Steps to Take in Making A Decision
Step 1: Exploration - Identify the problem
- Define the decision.
- Clarify the time-line.
- Identify the conflicts faced.
Step 2: Generating Alternatives
- Locate the resources needed to explore option.
- Consider options and new alternatives.
- Consider personal values – What is important to you?
Step 3: Predicting Outcomes
- Consider both good and bad outcomes associated with alternatives.
- Consider the probability that a given outcome will happen.
- Remind yourself that you can only choose an alternative, not an outcome.
Step 4: Selecting an Alternative
- After examining the outcomes and risks, choose an alternative.
- Identify the "next steps" to put your decision into action.
Step 5: Re-evaluation (examine the outcome from your decision and decide if you are satisfied)
- If so, plan steps to further implement your decision.
- If not, examine your options again, and consider changing.