HOW TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS
Develop Valuable Critical Thinking Skills
Have you ever said to yourself that your emotions rule your decisions? Have you ever regretted making decisions because you didn’t have all of the facts before acting? Coaching clients on how to make better business and personal decisions is one of the areas of life coaching that I love. You too can be much happier, if you develop critical thinking skills.
6 Steps in Becoming a Better Decision Maker
1. Question Your Belief
Ask yourself these questions when making a decision. How do I know that the information is accurate? What possible bias could there be? Where did the belief that you currently have come from? Has that belief caused problems in the past and is it a recurring issue? What if those assumptions or beliefs are wrong? What impact would that have on future decisions based on the belief?
2. Consider the source
Don’t necessarily take at face value what a person is saying. Ask yourself if there is another way to interpret the information? Questioning authority is good to a certain point, however we have to be able to trust information from credible sources. Question the source, then use your gut to determine if it is useful or not. The ideal situation is not taking it to extremes.
Finding the answer is quintessential in critical thinking. Investigating with your gut feeling is a great strategy in being a good leader.
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4. Ask Questions
Getting a better understanding of others will help you to consider what their biases could be. Using fine-tuned empathy skills will give you a better feel for what their possible motivations and aspirations are.
5. Know all of your options
Consider an alternative to what your gut might be telling you to do. Ask yourself these questions. What are the possibilities of success if you took another path? Would it still get you to where you want to go?
Do your best in critically looking at your options, choose the best one using your gut and then act. It may not be the best route to take. If it isn’t, re-access and try again.
Coaching Help -Final Thoughts
Developing the habit of using critical thinking skills along with listening to your “gut” is the best- case scenario. For some, getting in the habit of using critical thinking skills will be a challenge at first, but keep trying. It only takes 21 days to form a new habit, and these coaching exercises will help with creating this new habit.
Using good critical thinking skills, will help you make better decisions in all areas of your life. These are areas of life coaching that are very teachable for those that don’t naturally possess them.
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