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									                                   Decisive Decision Making
                             Simple steps to making the right decision easily

Making a Sea Change is a big move requiring countless decisions both big and small, emotional and
practical. How often have you found yourself agonizing over a decision? Paralysed with fear,
sleepless nights, thinking around, through and over the decision, endlessly asking yourself ‘What
if…?’ With this endless chatter going on inside your head, you become obsessed and can think of
nothing else. It becomes impossible to concentrate on your work, family and friends and you’re
driving yourself mad!
Rest assured, we have all been in that boat from time to time and the good news is that making
important decisions can actually be easy. By taking the decision and everything associated with it
‘out of your head’ and following the simple steps below, any decision you have to make can be cut
down to size and become manageable.
The secret to decisive decision making is to have all the information you need on hand prior to
making the decision. Start with the ‘big picture’ stuff including your purpose, values and core
beliefs which ultimately direct all our decisions and behaviours. These act as your compass and
provide the direction needed to keep you on your chosen course.
Next add the detail – all the information related to the decision itself. Allow yourself time to
reflect on the possible outcomes and draw on all the resources you need to make the decision
confidently.
The following questions will steer you through the process so, go on, give it a go and trust that you
have the answer you need to make a decisive decision!



                                       ‘Big Picture’ Guide Posts
What is my ‘core purpose’?
 •    Why am I here and what is my highest intent?
 •    When I look back on my life as an old man/woman, what will I have achieved? What legacy
      do I want to leave behind?
 •    What difference will I have made?

What are my top 4 values and priorities?
 •    What are the most important things to me that inevitably drive my actions and beliefs?
 •    What do those values mean for me?
 •    What else is important to me?

What are my underlying beliefs related to the decision to be made?
 •    “I believe….”
 •    What are the underlying truths and facts related to the decision?
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                                         Decision Making Detail
The Decision
 •    What is the actual decision to be made?
 •    Be specific and include the ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘how’ and by ‘when’?
 •    Define it precisely, accurately and objectively.

The Catalyst
 •    Every decision has a catalyst – what was it for me?
 •    What were the circumstances that lead me to needing to make the decision?
 •    Is this a decision I really have to make?

Desired Outcome
 •    When the decision is made, how do I want it to be? What does ‘ideal’ look like?
 •    What will be happening and what will people be saying?
 •    How will it look, feel and sound?
 •    How do I want it to be?

Options
 •    What choices are available to me? Take the time to list them all, without evaluating them.
 •    What are the pros and cons, benefits and risks of each option? What is the best/worst thing
      that can happen?
 •    Are there ways to mitigate the risks?
 •    What do I need to do to create my ideal outcome?

Reflection and Evaluation
 •    Give yourself the gift of time and space to reflect on each option – imagine what it will be like
      to go down each path.
 •    On a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the highest), which option will enable me to be true to my values
      and offers the greatest opportunity to fulfill my purpose?
 •    Have I ever had to make a decision like this before? What strategies did I use? What worked
      well for me?

Resources
 •    List people, time, money and information resources required for each option
 •    Who do I trust to talk this over with – ie who will have my best interests at heart? Who will
      be able to give me a balanced view and identify things I may not have thought of?


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Intuition
  •   When all else has been considered, what does my gut instinct tell me?
  •   At the end of the day, which option is the ‘right’ one?

                                    After the Decision is Made…
Don’t look back! In the same way you can’t drive a car very far by looking in the rear vision
mirror, so it is with making decisive decisions. Feel confident that you’ve made the right decision;
commit to the necessary actions and focus on the future. If it doesn’t work out quite how you’d
anticipated, learn from it and move on.



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Caroline Cameron is a successful personal and professional development coach and experienced change consultant working
with corporate and private clients to achieve desired change. Her company, Possibility to Reality, provides proven solutions
for those considering and undertaking sea, tree, professional and lifestyle changes.




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