Keys to Making Good Decisions

The key to making good decisions
The key to making good decisions | Source

Making a decision

When making a decision there are some very important things you need to remember.

If you have to talk yourself into accepting a certain decision, then it it probably not the right decision.

Your first instinct is usually the correct one.

Think about how you will feel in the future about your decision.

Think about the situation. Have you had a decision like this to make before? What happened? Where you happy with the results of your decision?

Success or FailureThe choice is yours.
Success or FailureThe choice is yours. | Source

How to make a good decision

  • Listen to your instincts
  • List your options
  • Gather facts
  • Don't make a snap decision
  • Make a list of pros and cons
  • Know there are no guarantees
  • Do not get stuck and do nothing
  • Don't let fear stop you
  • Know the problem
  • Never forget your values
  • Think of all possible outcomes
  • Come up with more than one possible choice
  • Make sure whatever you decide allows you to look yourself in the face
  • Talk to your friends and family
  • Ask yourself "What's the worst than can happen"
  • Think of who this decision will effect
  • Visualize positive results
  • Do not second guess yourself
  • Make a decision
  • Don't over think your decision
  • Stick to your decision

Think it through before you decide
Think it through before you decide | Source

Making decisions quotes

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion. ~ Chinese Proverb

It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision. ~ Anthony Robbins

A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. ~ Rita Mae Brown

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. ~ Roy Disney

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. ~ Unknown

A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. ~ Rita Mae Brown

You have only always to do what is right. It will become easier by practice, and you enjoy in the midst of your trials the pleasure of an approving conscience. ~ Robert E. Lee

Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right. ~ Phillip C. McGraw

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. ~ J. K. Rowling

But the rule seems to be that the bigger and more life-changing the decision, the less it will seem like a decision at all. ~ Hugh Mackay

Whatever the answer it's your decision
Whatever the answer it's your decision | Source

How your decisions can affect your life

The decisions you make will affect every part of your life. Even the most trivial decisions can become important ones. I recently was reading a good website that brought it all home to me. I suddenly understood how each thing we do, say, or decide affects our lives.

The website jimsblog.jimbakkershow.com offered up the perfect explanation:

Your thoughts create your emotions.

Your emotions prompt your decisions,

Your decisions determine your actions.

Your actions, repeated over time, become habits.

Your habits develop and demonstrate your character.

Your character produces your destiny.

After reading this I understood perfectly that our decisions do affect everything in our lives.


Success is a decision
Success is a decision | Source

Different types of decisions

There are different types of decisions that we will make in our lives:

  • Life changing decisions

Life changing decisions are the ones that ultimately affect the rest of our lives.

  • Learning decisions

Learning decisions are the little ones we make every day that we learn from. Such as, making the decision to touch a hot stove after being told it is hot. When we touch it we get burned and learn not to touch it again.

  • Moral decisions

Moral decisions are the ones that teach us right from wrong. We learn to make the right or moral decisions here.

Don't just stand there, decide what road to follow.
Don't just stand there, decide what road to follow. | Source

Importance of making good decisions

Our decisions many times affect other people. It is important to take into consideration what type of affect our decision will have on others.

Our decisions reflect our values. Our actions will show more powerfully than words what our values are.

Our decisions will set an example for those who follow us. As a parent you want to make sure you make the right decision so it send the right message to your loved ones.

Not making a decision is a decision in itself. It is a decision to let what happens happen.

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Dennis AuBuchon 3 years ago

This is a great hub and well worth the read. I voted up, awesome, interesting and beautiful along with tweeting and pinning.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great write on making good decisions. Decisions are tough to make and making sure they are good even tougher!! Great thoughts to ponder on.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Good hub.

i will just add one more:

It doesn't take much strength to make a decision. The strength is in living with the decision you make.

voted up, awesome and interesting.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I like this. I have not always made good decisions, but i'm learning. Making a list of the pros and cons is a good idea. I also like the quotes, esp. Rita Mae Brown's " A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. " Thank's again for sharing wisdom....


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Naomi's Banner 3 years ago from United States

Love this Hub. Decisions are something we must tackle daily. Getting out of bed is a decision. Going to work is a decision. I've known people that couldn't make a decision if their life depended on it. Then if they do finally make a decision they continually second guess themselves. Love the useful information,especially the eye appealing format! Great job!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I like your points about making decisions, KKGals. If I had to sum them up simplistically, I would say your behavior (decisions) determines your consequences.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago

Good hub and great quotes, Koffee! I especially like the quote from Dr. Phil, the quote in swan pic, and the cartoon lady quote saying that not making a decision is a decision. So true!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Everything that you said is so right. It pays to not make snap decisions unless one must.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Dennis, thank you so much. I wrote this because I have been seeing people have such a hard time making choices in their lives.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Vellur, how true. Some decision are extremely hard to make


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

d.William, as I said you need to be prepared to live with the consequences of your decision. Great quote. Thanks for reading.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

always exploring, I think we all make some wrong decisions. The trick of it is to keep making decisions.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Naomi's Banner, I agree, getting up in the morning is a decision that most people don't realize they are making. Sometimes you just have to make that decision, even if it's wrong.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

drbj, I believe you are right. Behavior always seems to have consequences attached to it.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Making of decisions should be carefully thought of and then decided you have created an informative hub on this topic,


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

easylearningweb, it is true, not making a decision is a decision. You'd be surprised at how many people don't realize it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

aviannovice, true, snap decisions can come back to haunt you.


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AmandaJon 3 years ago

Great Hub! Very informative and relevant for all! Thanks for the share!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Sometimes I think the worst thing we can do is fail to make a decision--I tend to be a plodder in most of this process--I get information, weigh things out and then see how I feel about things--


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Koffee, I could have sworn I commented on this! lol! seriously though making good decisions does make us feel better, its a bit like a great weight being lifted off of us. But I have noticed in my life that the decisions I want to make sometimes go against others in the family and they always tend to win! lol! not always good, great hub, and voted and shared, nell


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

DDE, how true. You need to make sure you think about decisions before you make them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

AmandaJon, thanks for reading.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

I found this hub to be very helpful to me for I am at a place where I must make a very important decision.

Thank You!

Best Always,

Kim


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Audrey, I used to have problems making decisions. I though if I didn't make one things would work out. Sometimes they do and sometimes you're sorry you didn't make a decision.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Nell Rose, sometimes you have to upset others with your decisions. But, you have to do what's right for you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

ocfireflies, remember the correct decision is usually what's right for you.


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Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Some very helpful keys here to get us into the habit of making a good decision. They do affect our character, so true. Beautiful quotes.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Ruby H Rose thanks, I love quotes.

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