How to Make Great Decisions: Part 3

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This post has stuff about religion and a previous relationship. My perspective has changed

Garmin GPS

This is part 3 of a 4 part series on decision-making.
Check out How to Make Great Decisions: Part 1 and Part 2.

To some guys making a solid decision is like driving without a map to a place they have never been. Many people do fine with that kind of risk—it is an adventure—but a lot of people need the assistance of a decision making GPS , or “D- GPS .”

As you add a marriage to your life, then kids and a career, you begin to have more to risk. Decisions become more laborious and big decisions can become complex nightmares. If you get lost, refer to this roadmap.

Decision Flowchart

Power up

Before any D- GPS will work it must have a power source. The source for every D- GPS is prayer. Every single part of the decision making process should be proceeded with it. In fact, it is so important that when Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, he reminded them that they needed to ask for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done (see Matthew 6:9-13).

State the problem

A D- GPS requires a destination. When you are making a decision that destination comes in the form of a problem statement. In other words, state the problem to that you are trying to solve. I like to keep it simple. For example, “Can I raise a miniature cow in my back yard?”

Collect data

“Should I take the highway or side streets? Would I enjoy the scenic route more than getting to my destination quickly? Where can I find a nice public restroom?”

Each decision comes with a laundry list of criteria. In this phase of the decision-making process, you will start to flesh them out. The main goal is simply to collect data. Your time and ability to process information are the only limiting factors.

It can be helpful to list your feelings and hunches. It is also important to include your intuitive judgments in the process. Lastly, do not forget to consult those who are directly involved. For example, if you are thinking about buying a new car, you should probably ask your wife for her input.

Until next time

In the next and final installment of this series, I will be introducing a great visual tool that will help you feel confident about your choices. Until then, watch out for pedestrians and avoid potholes!

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