career Health

Decision Making

Ever wonder how some people make big life changing decisions so easily? Do you struggle taking the first step for a life-changing decision?  Read on for tips to make the decision-making process a bit easier and less daunting.

Do Your Research

Doing your research should be the first step in any decision, big or small. You don’t need anything complicated but learning the facts regarding your decision is very important. For example, understanding the cost of your first pet, before you adopt one. Learning about the company before you accept that job offer. Some things you are not able to learn, until you are in the situation, such as work culture.

However, asking questions of various contacts in the network of your decision is research.  Do as much as possible for a well-informed decision.

Consider Your Expectations

Next, what are your expectations for the outcome of your decision? What do you envision after you make the decision to change jobs, have a child, or move across country? You need to keep your expectations in check. You also need to realize that nothing will be perfect after your decision is made.

Blind spots are just that, you don’t know what you don’t know. Understand that your support system is so important to have objective eyes on your situation.  You need to receive feedback for a “reality check” before you make that decision. Be open to receiving feedback from those you trust.


If you are not able to make a decision, then don’t. No action is a decision, and the status quo is sometimes better than making an even worst mistake. You might be experiencing a greater block, such as depression. Making no major decisions while in this state is recommended since you are unable to distinguish facts from feelings.

You might need to seek out a counselor for help. Getting enough sleep, avoiding alcohol, and learning about your vulnerabilities will help you understand your mental state.  Seek out help before you act upon a decision. Finally, understanding that you are not in the right frame of mind to decide is so important before any choice. What big decision have you made this year? Share your thoughts at: