Being somewhat of a perfectionist, it’s always been important to me to be right when making a decision. It took some years for me to realize that the right decision was not always the correct decision.
That is, a decision I made in the past might turn out to have been an incorrect decision with hindsight, but it may still have been the right decision at the time.
Twisted explanation I know, but the point I’m trying to make is that we often must make decisions without all the information. Much of that lacking information will not be available to us until a future time. But when a decision must be made, I’ve learned to make one using every thing at my disposal: facts I’ve gathered, input from other people, and most importantly, my gut feeling.
This is, for me, the right decision, a decision which may or may not turn out to be the correct one as I look back at it with the benefit of hindsight.
Make the Right Decision
The best I can do, I’ve learned, is to make a decision at the time a decision is required. A right decision is one that is made when it’s needed and takes into account all that is known at the time: Facts, Opinions, Gut-feeling.
Working for many years in a corporate environment, I saw and participated in a lots of decisions—from poorly executed to perfectly executed. So many times decisions were delayed and delayed hoping for “more information.” We often ignored the fact that a delayed decision in itself was a decision—a decision to do nothing but wait hoping for clearer understanding.
I’ve learned to focus on making a decision when a decision is necessary, using all the information I can access at the time, and allowing myself to accept that decision as the right decision at the time. No second guessing, no blaming, no regrets.
Assemble the facts, do a pro/con list, but finalize the decision by checking my emotions. Assume I pick alternative A, how do I feel about it? Assume I pick alternative B. Now how do I feel?
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