Efficient decision-making: Clear goals help

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Decisions often mean compromises. That's why you often fall so hard for us, because we do not want to give up. But who has his goal clearly in mind, is more willing to take even the unpleasant sides of a decision.

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Make decisions well: yes, no, maybe?

Decisions are hard for us because to say something always means no to anything else. Therefore, clear goal setting, goal setting and focusing are factors that are urgently needed for decision-making:

In fact, in my opinion, the hardest part of making a decision is to clearly define or admit what you really want - free of extraneous influences or advanced motives. How important that is, for example, my interview with the Sales Director of Google Ireland, Fionnuala Meehan or the Psychologist and Professorin Dr. Petra Jansen gezeigt.

Everyone has to define their own goals

Some time ago I discovered a very nice blog post on pinkchocolatebreak. The African-born author Jocelina Paixo Fortes, whom I was also able to meet in person in Ireland, has tackled the issue of success and success goals there. And states:

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“In our society we tend to define success by external, material things but what good is all this if you're not happy with it? You can be the most 'successful' person in terms of material belongings but if you're nowhere near having a sense of peace, in my opinion you failed big time. So if you would think of success as a certain feeling you want to achieve, what is your definition of success? ”

What personal goals do you have?

Later on, Jocelina also mentions her own personal goals in her blog post - such as having the freedom to do the job that she enjoys and fulfills.

Goals that many other freelancers are likely to have, especially in the influencer and blogger scene, who like to deal with a nomadic lifestyle. But which may differ greatly from the goals of others.

Separate individual goals from the goals of society

And that is one of the basic problems when it comes to making decisions for your own life: goals can be very individual. And for this reason, our decisions are often very different, individual and difficult for others to understand.

In the worst case, we will be dissuaded from our decision. Or else we let the goals of others flow into our decisions and at the end - it is not surprising - we are not so happy with the result.

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Making decisions is a complex process:

Many texts on the topic of “making decisions” therefore treat this important topic clearly too superficially: it is all too often about how to get a clear head in emergency situations and how to reach a decision. However, this does not take the evil at the root:

Therefore, anyone who wants to make the right and quick decisions in difficult situations - an ability that is required in most leadership positions - would do well to anticipate their personal motives in advance. The more clearly you have your own goal in mind, the easier it is to make a difficult decision even in stressful situations.

Set smart goals

Sounds simple, but defining personal goals can sometimes be hard.

But there are useful methods, such as the SMART method. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable - Attainable, Realistic, Timely.

Keep your goals in mind with the gravestone method

Personally, this is too abstract - I like a tip better, even if it seems a bit macabre for one or the other: namely to imagine his funeral and to visualize.

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“What do you want to hear about yourself there in the speeches? Maybe: 'He was a caring father.' Or: 'Your passion for environmental protection knew no bounds.' A guiding principle can then be formulated from this.

Focus your own goals and keep them clearly in mind

No matter which method you choose: If you have your own goals clearly in mind, it will ultimately be easier to make even difficult decisions and, if necessary, to make the necessary compromises.

Simply because you have a clear view of the direction in which it should actually go and then it is easier for one to renounce other and accept unpleasant consequences of his decision.

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