In the professional world, a bad decision can lead to disaster. That is why it is convenient to train so as not to miss opportunities, nor to jump headlong into the abyss …

Making decisions: that’s what, they say, life is all about. Few things are more difficult to learn than conscious decision making .

Usually in life we ​​get carried away by emotional impulses, social pressure or the trend of the moment when making many of our decisions. And maybe that’s why we often regret it, especially when it’s too late.

In the professional world, a bad decision can often lead to disaster, just as a good decision can open an unexpected window of investment and growth.

And if in affective life we ​​always have opportunities to learn and try again, the competitive dynamics of business are not usually so generous, or give second options as often.

So you should train yourself in the art of planning , evaluating and projecting decisions, and not miss opportunities or jump headlong into the abyss. In this article we will see some tips for efficient decision making .

First considerations

Everything in life depends on two types of forces : external and internal , the former being those derived from events related to the world and the decisions of others, and the latter having to do exclusively with one’s own.

Thus, a system or an organization is sensitive both to current conditions , over which it does not have or has minimal control, and to internal conditions , that is, those that respond to its structure and operation.

The latter are, although it seems otherwise, the most important, since we have full control and responsibility over them.

Those forces that we mention are the ones that always lead to the timely making of a decision.

And it is precisely in the consideration of both types of forces that the possible scenarios generated by each option to choose must be studied: invest or not in that promising startup , withdraw or not from financial roulette, start now or continue waiting …

Every decision should go through a strategic planning of the internal forces and an objective evaluation of the external ones.

Still, not all decisions are presented at once as matters of life and death. Most depend on continuity over time, that is, on a routine exercise of small decisions that, in the long run, lead to the most important results.

Which leads to the conclusion that every decision is fundamental , no matter how small, even when its effects cannot be seen the moment it is made. We know, every action in life always carries a necessary reaction.

Step by step to decide

No matter the size of the decision to be made, nor its consequences in the short, medium or long term: you should always take into account the following considerations to make an effective decision:

  1. The first thing is to be very clear about the objective to be achieved and what is its importance. Managing as much information as possible is vital.
  2. Then we must evaluate the possible options to achieve it. The most realistic, to begin with, but also – why not? – the most daring.
  3. Now we will weigh the internal and external forces that accompany and modify each decision scenario. The former will accuse the changes necessary to achieve it, while the latter will tell you what is in their favor or against them in the world. You can assign a specific score to each force to compare the pros and cons of each scenario.
  4. We will finally choose the option whose score is the most promising .
  5. We will also keep a record of the consequences of each choice made, so that we can then set successive objectives.

No choice is foolproof

Guided by the proposed scheme we can, without a doubt, make more calculated, more strategic decisions and more in dialogue with our processes and our future goals.

But it doesn’t hurt to prepare in case decisions lead to an unforeseen scenario. In this way, we can also minimize risk, make forecasts and, eventually, turn a crisis into a new scenario of potential and innovative decisions.