Decision-making is a complicated process and we each go about it differently; however, there are some helpful guidelines we can use to make better decisions. Earlier, I had talked about the importance of challenging your assumptions as something critical in arriving at a well-thought out decision. Just as importantly, there are four major mistakes that I recommend you avoid when it comes to making decisions about anything significant in your life.Mistake #1: Slipping into selective vision and hearing mode. Each person’s unique preferences or biases from our backgrounds and past experiences tend to draw us to quickly settle on familiar ground and ignore unfamiliar information. How do you avoid slipping into this mode? Be self-aware and recognize these natural or learned biases and quarantine them as much as you can so your mind can be open to receiving new information and perspectives.Mistake #2: Over-relying on the same experts for input. It is a great asset to have a few go-to experts who you can rely on to provide information and advice that you can tap into when you need to make a decision quickly. They provide valuable or reliable input that have served you many times in the past. However, it is always a good idea to make sure that their specific knowledge is relevant to the situation in front of you. Perhaps try a coach who guides you through your decision making process without giving direct input. Mistake #3: Overlooking information from those most close to the issue. If you are the leader in a collaborative decision making process ensure you understand who on the team has the closest ears to the ground. Their input will be the most pertinent and should be weighed more heavily in the process.Mistake #4: Ignoring that gut feeling.
Have you ever felt like you just knew deep inside you the appropriate course of action? Unfortunately, we often tend to ignore our intuition at a cost. It shouldn’t be the only thing you use to move forward if everything else lines up against it, but that intuition should not be ignored and used as a confirmation or signal to perhaps check up on some more information or take more time in deciding.
These are just four possible oversights. What others can you think of?