As mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, co-workers, church leaders, neighbors, the list goes on, we have loads of decision making to do. On a daily basis we are faced with different challenges and circumstances, each with someone carefully watching how we will respond and handle the outcome. While we know we are not perfect, we are constantly striving for perfection and we want those around us to know that we are capable of tackling almost every situation.
Well to help you in your endeavor to make wise decisions using smart critical thinking.
- Pinpoint the problem. State specifically what it is that you need to decide.
- Set a deadline. Give yourself a ‘due date’ for your decision. Develop a timeline.
- Gather Information. What are you sources? Where can you get the facts?
- List the pros and cons. What are the positive and negative aspects of each alternative.
- Ask tough questions. Evaluate your options according to your values. Does this fit? Is it wise?
- Make a decision. Move forward in a direction with confidence knowing that you have done the best job you can.
Using this method as helped me make some big decisions in the past for myself and my family. My husband is confident that when I bring a new idea, concept or plan to him that I have taken the research and really pray about what we are deciding.
source: Morgan, Elisa & Kuykendall, Carol. What Every Mom Needs Michigan, Zondervan 2006