How to Make Good Decisions

04/24/2015 05:11 pm ET | Updated Jun 24, 2015

When uncertain or afraid, how do we free ourselves from delay, make good decisions, and take decisive action? Three strategies...

1. Make decisions sooner:

It's easier to make decisions earlier than later. For example, if you hate your job, make a decision to leave sooner. Yes, be judicious and and collect information... but don't get into analysis paralysis or become scared of change. Set a date and prepare. Making bold decisions for yourself is the secret to moving your life forward. Ask, "What decision have I been putting off in my personal life? What decision have I been waiting to make at work? What decision do I need to make in my relationships?" Avoidance may be the best short-term strategy to avoid pain and conflict, but it is also the best long-term strategy to ensure suffering. Stop putting it off, make that decision and stick to it.

2. Set criteria:

Criteria means you look at your decision making from three perspectives: What's good for you? What supports other people around you? What should the universal rule be for everyone faced with this decision? This means you seriously contemplate if decisions are right for you, honoring of others, and generally good for most people. Perhaps you can't always be happy with the answers to these questions, but at least considering them will improve your perspective. What other criteria could you set? Create a "cheat sheet to good decision-making" with your own criteria and keep it by your computer and in your wallet. Consult it at every important decision.

3. Do intelligent research:

Bad decisions are often a result of acting without any information, listening to the wrong people or forcing a false choice. Intelligent research means collecting as much information as possible from informed people. There's nothing you want to achieve or overcome in your life that someone hasn't already achieved or overcome. You can access an expert roadmap for dealing with anything you're going through. Before you make your decision, go out and consult other informed, happy, smart, joyous, accomplished people who have done what you want to do. Often, you'll find it's not just a matter of choosing A or B, but rather there are a multitude of choices available to you.

Become more attentive to the process of making good decisions in your life and suddenly your life will advance with stunning speed and health, and you'll start to experience what we call The Charged Life.

About Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard is the most watched personal development trainer in the world and a Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook. Over 30,000,000 people watched his videos in the last 12 months, and over 15,000,000 see his posts every week on Facebook. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, his books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life's Golden Ticket.

At the age of 19, Brendon was in a car accident that inspired him to turn his life around and follow his dream to be a writer and trainer. He failed at first, going bankrupt as he strove to write his first personal development book. But by the age of 32, he became a #1 bestselling author and a multimillionaire as an early pioneer in the online education space. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping others find their charge and share their voice with the world.

Larry King named Brendon "one of the top motivation and marketing trainers in the world." SUCCESS Magazine named him in their Top 25 Most Influential in Personal Development along with legends like Oprah, Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen, Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, Deepak Chopra, and Wayne Dyer.

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