Everyone has to make decisions. For yourself and for others. At work and in private life. Simple and complex. Decisions are omnipresent on a daily basis. Nevertheless, many people find it difficult to make decisions. Especially when there are many implications or unpleasant consequences. A private investment decision can cost me a lot of money. A company's decision to realign itself can cost many people their job. A doctor's decision can cost a human life. In my perception, however, it is not really connected with the potential consequences of whether someone can make a good or bad decision, but rather with the justification of the decision in retrospect. It is much more important to make the right choice at the moment of the decision. Depending on the personality, there are two main strategies for this purpose.

Decisions based on facts

As the name suggests, this person decides on the basis of facts. He analyzes the decision object, weighs the consequences of each move like a chess player and compares them. Past experiences are also evaluated. In brief, historical information is analysed and adapted to the current circumstances and framework conditions. This is done in combination with possible consequences of the decision. The advantage of this approach is that it is logically arguable and provable.

Decisions based on beliefs

The "gut decision-maker" acts on the basis of beliefs and feelings. Of course, he also incorporates facts, as far as he considers them to be sufficient and meaningful. However, the actual decision is made on the basis of the conviction that the decision is correct. It feels right, so to speak, and looks harmonious. The advantage of the gut decision is that it can often be made faster and with less effort.

Afterwards you are always smarter

None of these methods is better, instead, it depends on what personal preferences you have. What does someone need to feel good about a decision? This is where the individual solution and the individual mix of belief and facts are located. It doesn't help to blame yourself later because a decision turned out to be less good. It has to be right at the moment of the decision.

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