How important is decision-making in our life?
Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision – Anthony Robbins
In every given moment of time, you are always making decisions. Not one day goes by where you do not have to make a decision. Some decisions are completely innate and require very little thought. Deciding what to wear, what to eat for lunch or which route to take to work are not the type of life-altering decisions that people dwell on. While these are “no-brainers” for most people, those who tend to over-think every minute detail of their lives can find it difficult to make such decisions. These people tend to feel overwhelmed by the decision-making process.
We are human, we are not perfect and are bound to make mistakes. Making a bad decision from time to time is inevitable. It is what we do about those mistakes that teach us the most. The only way we can really know whether we have made a good decision or a bad decision is by making those decisions, taking responsibility for the results, and taking steps to correct any poor decisions we have made.
Those who reach decisions promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life decide quickly and firmly. That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.
The most important thing is to make decisions. Whether the decision is right or wrong is secondary. Many bad decisions can be remedied, however, the more people the decision impacts, the more difficult it will be to remedy the situation. When making a decision, determine how your choice will impact your life and as well as the lives of others, and respond accordingly.
Obstacles in decision-making.
There are many obstacles to making effective decisions. One obstacle is overconfidence. Studies have shown that we tend to greatly overestimate our abilities. This is particularly true in areas that are our strengths. In other words, we can know we are strong in a given area, but we overestimate how strong we are. This can lead us to make bad decisions because we overestimate our ability to make good decisions and therefore we do not listen to any negative opinions.
Another obstacle that goes along with this is confirmation bias. This occurs when we only really pay attention to evidence or opinions that support ours. We then make bad decisions because we did not take into account facts that might have suggested that we should take a different course of action.
On the other side there are people that don`t have their own opinions. The majority of them who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs, are generally, easily influenced by the “opinions” of others. They permit the newspapers and “gossiping” neighbours to do their “thinking” for them. “Opinions” are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by opinions of others, you will have no desire of your own, and when you reach decisions, you will not succeed.
Close friends and relatives, while not meaning to do so, often handicap one through “opinions” and sometimes through ridicule, which is meant to be humorous. Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them all life, because some well-meaning, but ignorant person destroyed their confidence through “opinions” of ridicule.
You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions. You decide what your limits are, and you decide your level of success. You are responsible for the time that you spend on this planet.
If you are not passionate about your work and your life, then change it! Build an online business. Learn something new. Stop complaining and do something. Life is too short to keep doing what is passionless and mundane! But you must make that decision, now.