When you come in contact with a difficult decision, it can be hard to know where to start. The situation can often feel so overwhelming that we make emotionally-based decisions over practical ones. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have a game plan in place when you need to make a tough choice, a kind of road map that can lead you to the best option. Taking the time now to sow a quality decision will help you harvest the benefits in the future. Here are six easy steps for quality decision-making:
Go to the Father First: Before you do anything, seek God’s wisdom. Only God knows the best path for your life and praying for His direction will help guide you forward in the right way.
Put the Problem in Perspective: On a larger scale, how much will this decision affect your life? The results could be miniscule, or they could impact you greatly. Look forward one year, three years, and five years to see how your life might be affected.
Play with Different Solutions: Come up with three different solutions to your problem and see how each of them compares to the other. Even if your heart is set on one decision, you might find that coming up with two other choices helps you to see the problem through a different lens. You may continue in the same direction, but seeing the situation in a different way will help you understand the problem better.
Find the Lesson: What can you learn from this decision? Often, you can use a good solution to build your character and resolve. Each situation can teach you more about yourself and how to approach difficulties in life. Use this process to grow and mature.
Reflect on God’s Principles: When you make a decision, make sure that it’s in line with God’s principles. How does this decision fair compared to God’s instructions on subjects like money, character, and relationships? No good decision will contradict God’s teaching and principles.
Give Yourself a Timeframe: How long do you have to make this decision? Think of the timeline you have to make a choice and seek valuable information on the topic. If you’re having to make a decision that greatly affects your life, never feel pressured to make it hastily; similarly, you don’t need a huge timeline on a small choice.
Quality decision-making is like a muscle that requires conditioning. When we make quality choices a priority, we have to work to understand the process. In a difficult situation, knowing what to do can seem overwhelming, but we can break the process down into six steps to make decision-making more manageable. Keep in mind that even when you take the time to find a practical solution to a problem, God is still in control. Decision-making is not about things going our way, but allowing God to work in our lives for the best. When we invest time into our decisions, we can see the overall benefits as it leads us to better choices.
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