On the 28th of June 1914, a young man made a terrible decision that was to alter the course of the entire world. It is reported that that morning, Archduke Franz Ferdinand the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie were visiting the Serbian Capital of Sarajevo. At 10:10 their motorcade was bombed as it approached the Čumuria bridge. But as God would have it, twenty people were wounded, but Franz Ferdinand was unhurt. Shortly after, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were on their way to the hospital to visit the wounded of the bombing incident. Then, a Bosnian student and nationalist called Gavrilo Prinzip used his discretion to force a terrible fate on the human race. He decided an assassinated the Heir and his wife. Unfortunately, as the adage that goes that “if the first button of one’s coat is wrongly buttoned; all the rest will be crooked,” the series of diplomatic maneuver that followed the assassination were characterized by wrong choices. This accumulation of wrong decisions, culminated in a fatal world war that lasted five years, and claimed more than twenty million souls. Assuredly, a single choice, decision or act determines sometimes a human destiny for all times and for eternity.
Many things may determine destiny but the types of decision we take is more determinant. our decisions determine not only our destiny but also that of our children, partner and entourage. Besides deciding destiny, our choices show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. Decision-making which is the mental process resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternatives, is a part and parcel of our everyday life.
The output of our daily decisions is manifested in the actions we take, the opinions we voice, and in the choices we make. Every decision-making process produces a final choice and influences destiny. Every day and every minute of our lives, we are called to take decisions. And serious enough, what we will be in the next hour and where we will be in the next hour depends much of the choices we make and the decisions we take this hour. What we are today, and where we are today was determined by the decisions we made yesterday. What we will be tomorrow and where we will be tomorrow depends on the decisions we make today.
Decision-making would be much easier if there were no consequences, but the reality is that every decision carries inevitable results. Decisions have to be taken wisely and on time, if we want good results. This fact makes Decisions making a very delicate issue.
Here are the 8 crucial steps to help you take good decisions
1. Identify the problem.
2. Next, identify decision criteria. Here you consider what would be involved in solving the problem e.g. Money, time, facilities.
3. Then, assign priorities. All the things that need to be decided on are not all of the same importance. we should rank the importance of the decisions we want to take.
4. Set a time frame. When you are called upon to take serious decisions you should not take them hastily, but still you must set a deadline for that decision to be taken.
5. Moreover, gather and review up to date, cold hand facts. organize this information based on your priority. Then, you can either wait until it’s perfect and has all information possible or he just has to go on with what he knows.
6. Weigh the pluses against the minuses. what are the benefits of doing a thing now, and what are the inconveniences?
7. Explore the ramification for all involved; who will be affected? It is good to understand the impact of decisions we take on the people concerned, and make the necessary preparations towards that. But we should be careful not to allow emotions to affect our decisions. We should rather use wisdom, have courage, go with his intuitive instinct and decide.
8. Lastly, put the decision into action. There is this riddle: If 5 birds are sitting on a wire and one of them decides to fly away, how many are left? The answer is five. One bird’s decision to fly away does not mean it did! The worst thing you could do when you have to take a decision is to do nothing. Even if you take a wrong decision, the very making of it and the learning from it are steps forward. If you don’t follow through on a decision, someone else will pick it up and use it. When you take a decision, jump in with both feet, don’t just stick your toe in the water. Be daring, be fearless, and don’t be afraid that somebody is going to criticize you or laugh at you.
After any decision we take, we should make an evaluation of the outcome of our decision and steps of action then draw our lessons. This is an important step for further development of our decision making skills and judgments.
To conclude, any decision is a step towards a destination.On one hand, a good and timely decision can solidify someone’s reputation as a success, on the other hand, a bad decision can overshadow many years of hard work, especially when left uncorrected. Every day of your life you will be called upon to take hundreds of decisions, and eventually the course of some of those decisions will affect your destiny and the one of others. When faced with those critical moments of decision-making, pray, think thoughtfully and choose wisely.
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