The Fool-Proof Guide to Making Good Decisions

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We might make decisions, but our decisions also make us.They tell the world who we are, what we believe in, and what's important to us. As much as we might talk about these things, it's our decisions and subsequent actions that really have the final say.

The Two Types of Decision-Makers

In my experience, people broadly fall into two decision-making categories: those who want to find out all the information and weigh all possibilities carefully, and those who just want to freakin' decide already before we spend all afternoon waffling back and forth.Both camps have their pros and cons: the first camp (Ps for Myers-Briggs fans) are more likely to make a considered decision, but risk spending so long gathering information that they delay or avoid actually making the decision itself. The second camp (Js) are great at coming to and acting on a decision quickly but can rush into things without weighing up all the options - and therefore close themselves off to potential opportunities.

The Big Question

You might identify with one of those camps, or feel you sit happily in the middle. Wherever you are on the scale, there's one very, VERY important question that will:a) Help you make the decision, if you're in the first camp, andb) Stop you making a hasty but not-so-great-in-the-long-term decision if you're in the second.It's a simple, it has a yes/no answer and it's changed the way I approach decision-making.Each time you need to make a decision, ask yourself:

"Will this get me closer to, or take me farther from living my values?"

That's it, and the answer will tell you everything you need to know.Tried it? Love it? Hate it? Skeptical? Leave me a comment and let me know.Photo Credit: Flominator via Compfight cc