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The Best Decision Making Tool Ever!

November 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Careers, Values

By Gretchen Sunderland

Do you have trouble when it comes to decision making? Ever wonder why you get so stuck when it comes to making a choice? Does it sometimes feel like you are paralyzed with indecision? Perhaps you procrastinate so long that the decisions make themselves, and then you feel out of control and subject to the whims of others. Or, if you do actually make a decision, what if it’s the wrong one?

Well, despair no longer! I have a decision-making tool that you can use right away. That is, after you determine what your core values are. If you haven’t done this step yet, you can read my article called “Who Are You?” to get the core value exercise first.

So let’s get started! Make a list, in column form, of your core values.

It could include words like these:

Family, Adventure, Fitness/health, Variety, Freedom, Independence (you get the idea)

Most people list about 9 – 13 values.

Next, let’s use an example of how to make a decision between two different careers. Make two columns to the right of your list of values, with headings of the two careers. For the sake of this example, we’ll use Data Entry and Traveling Sales. Also, we’ll assume the pay would be the same.

Now you will give a score to each core value on the basis of one to ten: one being this value would not be honored at all in this particular job, to ten: I would be living totally in alignment with this value in this job (and any score in between).

It could look like this:

If the value were Adventure your ratings could be 1 under Data Entry and 9 for Traveling Sales. For the value of Variety, you might rate the Data Entry job a 2 and Traveling Sales a 9. You get the picture, whichever category scores the highest is the right choice for you. Of course, it not always so clear cut as in our example, but usually the better decision for you will become apparent.

If your values were security, responsibility, or orderliness, your scores would be radically different in the above example. I’ve tried this tool with even minor decisions, such as whether to take a kick boxing class or yoga, and it works!

Try it with minor decisions and then work up to the big ones. The key to your decision making prowess comes from first clarifying your core values, then seeing which course of action (the decision) will more closely align with those values. Pretty soon, you will surprise yourself and everyone else with your confident and timely decisions.

Making good decisions is how you move forward to a better place in your life. It’s how you create the life you want in concert with your core values. Don’t let life happen to you, create the life you want!

Gretchen Sunderland is a popular Life Coach and an associate at LifePath Unlimited – a home based business based upon the “Law of Attraction” and “The Secret”. Her site is

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