How to Make a Big Decision

How-to-make-decisionsWhen you’re tossing around a big decision like I have been for the last week, having a step-by-step process can be really valuable. Here’s the process I use:

How to Make a Big Decision

  1. Gather all the facts. Review numbers, dates, testimonials, references, commitments, guarantees, fine print, etc. Make sure you have all the information to make an informed decision. Ignore any desire to excuse facts based on feelings in this step and be sure you’re reading or hearing what’s actually being said, not just what you want to hear.
  2. Calculate the Return on Your Investment
    Does the decision make sense financially? Can you afford to say yes? What’s the real cost saying no, or not yet? How can you make it work?
  3. Write out the Pros and Cons for each option.
    Thinking isn’t good enough. You must write it out.
  4. Determine which option is most aligned with your long-term values and goals.
  5. Pray for wisdom. After you’ve done your due diligence using logic, you need wisdom. Listen for that still small voice that’s only available when you get quiet.
  6. The answer to prayer may be to seek wise counsel. If that’s the case, seek objective advice. If it’s a business decision, always lean on someone who’s successfully made similar decisions and knows your strengths and weaknesses.
  7. Don’t be moved by fear. Most courageous decisions will cost more than you want to spend and require more time than you want to give it. Fear is intensely limiting. Ignore it.

Tip: Pay attention to the physical place within you where your decision appears to be coming from. In my experience logic comes from my head, wisdom comes from my heart/inner chest, and fear is more of a surface level urgency. Once you learn to discern the feelings of logic, fear, and wisdom, it’s easier to do a quick gut check when you need to make rapid decisions.

Still not sure?

“Adopt” each option for 24 hours and see how it feels.

For example, on Wednesday decide that you WILL. All day Wednesday, enjoy the feeling of saying “Yes.” Does it feel right, or is there a nagging sense of regret? On Thursday, switch sides and decide that you WON’T. How does it feel with that decision? Is it tougher today but better for you in the long run?

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About The Author

Nicole Gebhardt

Nicole Gebhardt is the CEO of Niche Pressworks publishing, a Marketing Strategist and Certified Publishing Coach. Through marketing consulting and book publishing she helps Speakers, Coaches, Consultants and Business Leaders create compelling and effective messages to inspire people to action. Over the last 24 years she has helped build brands, expand influence, and equip authors who change the world.

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  • Joanna Retherford

    Reply Reply July 16, 2014

    Great insight. I’m in the middle of a great book along these lines:
    “Holy Play”. Christian book on making vocational decisions. It takes a little different twist than typical. Instead of waiting, waiting, waiting on God to tell us what to do, sometimes he wants to co-create with us or inspire us to move with our passions. He can be willing to bless us in many different paths we choose. Just thought it was timely. Love your emails!

    • Nicole Gebhardt

      Reply Reply July 17, 2014

      Sounds like a FANTASTIC book. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks Joanna! In my experience I don’t always get a Yes, but if I don’t get a No, I push on. I really lean on the ‘gut check’ to see where any sense of hesitation is coming from.

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