Many people are stuck for decision-making and thus lead to procrastination — which is not an ideal way for a productive life. A productive life can be achieved extremely quickly if both “yes” and “no” are cooperating well enough, but that is hard for most people because we tend to hesitate when making a fast decision.
The problem of making a quick decision is people will get lost easily and get lost walking for the further steps.
“The most difficult quality is to make the right decision. Because you can be quick, you can be strong, you can jump incredibly, you can have the best shots and you can be able to score goals from 50 yards, but if you don’t know when to shoot, when to run, or when to jump, you’re lost.” — Ander Herrera
Most people can make a decision, but not every person can make a clear decision. We want a clear, easy-to-follow lightbulb that is always there to remind us of the journey that we have decided, instead of forgetting the road to get back on our track.
To find your lightbulb, the only thing that you should be focusing on is by using the three main factors that you learned from this article to make a decision-making sentence.
Factor 1: Know what are your goals
Making a verdict is not that easy as it seems. To make a clear decision, you have to know what are the goals that you want to achieve after you have done the decision. It will be hard for people to continue doing the same task if they don’t understand what are they going to achieve in the future. People will feel meaningless if the decisions that they made are not bringing value.
Companies will set up an organizational vision and organizational missions as their goals for the company, so they can always focus on the strategy that they are doing. Managerial roles in a company will need to always refer back to those goals that they have set before making any decisions. Once a goal is clear, it will be easier for them to decide whether the decision they make is worth it.
When we bring to normal life, most of the time we are practicing this habit without even notice. We will make a to-do list before driving to the grocery store; we will track our daily expenses to save more money; we will make a daily schedule to boost daily productivity — these are all the tasks that we do every day, and we are implementing this simple rule unconsciously.
The “Need” Statement Rule
There is a pattern to implement this rule, which is making a simple sentence and refer it every time you decide. This is how the sentence is structured.
I need to “action” to “goal”. Here are a few examples that you could see as references:
I need to do exercises to lose weight.
I need to get a job to earn money for my living.
I need to save time to spend more time with my family.
Those are “need” statements — you have to do some actions to achieve your “need”, which are your goals. The action that brings you to the goal will be your decision. It will always be easier to give us to make a decision when we see what we want to achieve, and those little goals will give us a clear answer to say “yes” or “no”.
Takeaway: Know the goals that you would like to achieve by making “need” statements.
Factor 2: Find out your abilities
People often think of a skill or talent when it comes to the term “ability” — but it should be more than that. Abilities can be financial responsibility, emotional handler, relationships as well as personality.
All of those things are included in the term “abilities”, and I assume it would be more. Whenever you are deciding something, it would always be a good practice to consider back your ability before choosing the right answer.
Your ability should always be related to the goals that you would like to achieve. If you want to buy a new car, think about the money that you could afford to pay; or you would like to go for a holiday, check how much free time that you could spend on that.
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” — Robert H. Schuller
Do it when you can
Before making any decision, reconsider your ability — could you afford the actions that take after this decision? You don’t decide to buy a new car when you are in serious debt, and there is not a good choice for traveling before you have settled the projects from your work.
Adding your ability as consideration for decision-making isn’t telling you to hold back your decision and never do it again. In fact, it helps you to understand when is your best timing to launch the first step.
If you make a decision that is not in your ability, you are going it at the wrong timing, which may cause you to suffer hard in solving problems that are lead by that decision.
Takeaway: Considering your ability during decision-making is not the reason that stops you from forwarding your footsteps, but it is a way for you to choose a suitable timing, which helps you to be more confident with your decision.
Factor 3: Identify the desire
This desire is not meant to be the same perspective as the “desire” from the previous section. The desire that is mentioned in this third factor is the desire of the audience. This factor should always be considered if you are deciding on a condition that includes other people.
For instance, you will check out what your friends prefer to eat before making decisions to buy the food for a party. Thus, you are trying to fulfill your friends’ desires.
Business often cooperate this technique
Marketing agencies always use this technique to find out the potential market of audiences, as they need to see what their customers would want to see. Every time a marketing agency runs a campaign, they will use at least three advertisement templates under the same campaign.
This is because they want to test and find out which advertisement works the best. The best advertisement that guides their audiences to buy a product gives the marketing agency clear information that this advertisement can fulfill their audiences’ desires.
So, they can decide to focus on the advertisement that works the best, instead of spending more money doing extra marketing.
The Practice for Daily Life
For individual cases, this factor can be a concern as well. Whenever we are planning to go out with our friends, we could identify their desire first to help us to decide the places that they would like to visit.
A museum will be a better place to visit if they like historical stories instead of a music concert, while cinemas are a better choice for movie lovers rather than a museum. In fact, you will always think of your friends’ desires before buying a gift for them right?
A “goal” and a “desire” sometimes can be confusing, as “goal” and “desire ” are always interrelated in some cases. However, here is a tip trick that can help you identify which is a “goal” and which is a “desire”.
As an example, you need to make a party for your friends to celebrate together because haven’t been meeting each other for a while.
With the example above, we could still apply the “need” statement, and the “desire” will be our reason to enforce this goal. After knowing the reason, we can make out our minds clearer instead of a goal with no instructions. The “desire” will be your further guideline to see if you should make the decision.
Takeaway: We need to make our minds understand the reason behind the objectives that we want to achieve after doing the decision in case we get lost.
To make a decision fast and easy, you could always focus on these three main factors to scope a decision-making statement for yourself. A quick recap for you to practice your decision-making statement:
First, know your goals, ask yourself the things that you “need” to accomplish after making this decision.
Second, find out your abilities. Reconsider whether these actions you could afford and do it right now.
Third, identify the desire. Find out the reasons for your goals to enforce your decision as a clear guide in the future.