People make decisions daily. Some decisions are minor while others may be of vital importance to you, your family or friends. Your decisions may be automatically coming from the subconscious or going through a mind-rending conscious effort. At the start of the day, you are immediately torn between a decision of waking up or sleeping a while longer. It seems minor and of little importance until you observe how the day progresses. You eventually realize that if you had woken up on schedule, you would have arrived on time to the office and your boss would not have fired you for being late.
People tend to vacillate because of their fear that things could go wrong because of their decision now. They amass all kinds of information to help them make a correct decision. In their efforts to accumulate data, they might end up with an information overload which could result in what is termed as analysis paralysis. In your desire to do a thorough analysis before making a decision, you could end up in a fit of paralysis, moving the pros and cons back and forth in your mind. In this day and age, it is fairly easy to indulge in an information overload.
The internet alone can give you so much information. You however have to filter through it and determine what information is relevant to your decision making process. You need to establish also what information is factual. This can take a lot of time and effort. Wading through all the information can cause a person to vacillate until all the information is organized and thought out. While you were undertaking that compilation, there may be additional information becoming available in the internet. You reach out for this new information and add it to your stack of data. There seems to be no end to the process. At what point do you finally decide to make a decision?
Here are a few suggestions.
Its good practice to get as much information as you can on the subject you are going to decide upon. However, you should prescribe a limit on the information. Identify what data would be relevant to making your decision and filter out the rest.
On the internet, there are many sites to explore but in most instances, the information may be similar. Pick web sites which provide the most current and comprehensive information. Gather the pros and cons regarding the subject.
Assess your potential gain against the anticipated risk. Remember that all you are doing is determining probabilities and speculating on the chances. You will never know if you are right or wrong until you make the decision and see the results. Give yourself sufficient provision to gather as much information as possible.
Making an early decision without sufficient data is just as bad as making a late decision. Once youve decided on the time frame to make the decision, stick by it. Consider the consequences of making a late decision. People are waiting for your decision so they too can act appropriately. There may be adverse repercussions if your decision comes too late.
When it comes time, make your decision. Youve done everything possible. There are no guarantees. Whether your decision is right or wrong, time will tell. All you can be assured of is you made the best possible judgment at the time it was needed.