I was talking with a friend yesterday about some decisions he is grappling with. He has multiple challenges, some very serious, others less so. But, they are all decisions that impact his life. And, not making a decision, at least in some of the choices, is just as serious as making one.
How do you make decisions? Most people use the following four strategies; they are called The Four D's (and I'll give you a bonus D):
- Delay...can you put it off? If so, it may decide itself, or you may get more information that will allow you to make a better decision.
- Delegate...can you get someone else to make the decision, or do whatever the thing that needs to be done.
Don't Do It...I like this one. Ask yourself this question, "What's the worst thing that will happen if you don't make a decision?" If the outcome is not too serious, don't make it...and watch. You may discover that it was a decision that didn't need to be made.
Do it...step up, make the decision and move ahead.
Here's the bonus...Diminish...can you do some things that reduce the impact of the decision, so that it isn't such a serious situation. If you can continue to diminish the situation, after awhile, it simply disappears.
What decisions do you need to make?
Have a great weekend.