iStock_000019123909XSmallDecision making is not always as easy as it sounds, particularly when we are faced with decisions that impact the rest of our lives. We always want to know what the best decision to make is, but how do we know how to make the best decision?

Before we make important decisions, we need to be clear about a few foundational things. Firstly, what is it that we value? When faced with two paths to the same destination, one leading steeply uphill but with spectacular views along the way, the other flat and easy but infested with biting insects, which are you likely to take?

If you value the scenery that results from a hard climb, you may choose the first path. But if you value efficiency and speed in getting to the goal, you may choose the second. Both have their rewards and both have their consequences. Knowing your values helps make decision making easier. For instance, you might value being able to help people in your job, but find yourself employed working by yourself in front of a computer all day. Valuing people helping can help you decide to change jobs.

Secondly, to make good decisions, we need some goals. Without goals we wander aimlessly and rarely achieve our best. Using the example above, a goal might be to work in the people helping industry, specifically in aged care. Your office based computer job is not going to help you achieve this goal, but the goal itself will be the motivation to do a course in aged care, do some volunteer work in a nursing home on your day off, and ultimately end up finding a job in the industry.

When we live according to our values and aim for well determined goals, life choices and decision making become easier. At MGA we can help you articulate your values and set some goals, and coach you along the journey as those goals are achieved.