Many of us are facing changes in our workplaces or lives. I have pulled together this simple process that could help you reach a decision that you will be happy with…
Life will always throw us difficult decisions that are out of our control. It may seem at first that there is no way out. We go back and forth in our mind bumping into trees without seeing a clear path through.
It is important to recognise what you can and can’t control in a particular situation.
Mind mapping the situation and brainstorming your options can help to get ideas down on paper.
From your mind map make a list of pros and cons against each of your options. Pick out a couple of your preferred options and put them through the yes/no filter:
Ask yourself yes/no questions like… Do I really want to make this change? (If no then you can stop right there.) If yes you keep going… am I willing to make the effort to make this change? If yes… what are the steps I will need to take and what will be my first step?
Once you have made a decision write down what the consequences of your decision will/might be?
Find someone you trust who knows your situation but does not have a vested interest to talk through you decision and how you got there.
Study your notes and diagrams, thoughts and feelings again. Leave them for at least 24 hours for everything to simmer in your mind.
Take the step and very importantly… celebrate the decision being reached!