The decision-making process does not start after being asked to make a decision. Instead, it had started long before you even decided to answer the question being asked of you. Such ideology is shown in Dewald’s book on decision making under fire entitled Grey Feathers.

Life is made up of a series of choices, and the decisions you make are what made you who you are today.

As a side-effect of those decisions, your decision-making process gets honed and refined day by day. Sometimes whatever your tastes were in the past, they may be very different in the future. You could even find yourself hating and cringing at what the past “you” has said.

People who need their decision-making skills to become as polished as possible within the shortest time typically do so with constant practice. Most of these jobs that require intense focus and attention are jobs that have very high risks. Every decision that has been made is a step in the right direction of survival. One example of this job is in the army. Daniel Dewald’s book on decision making under fire has the American GIs surrounded by the Vietcong. During these times, their minds must focus on being adept at what the environment is showing. Highly different situations will come up later. Be it in their encounter with the enemy, their capture, and their planned escape. Observant people have already decided on their plans to survive.

Of course, the benefits of good decision-making are not limited to anything related to war. Instead, good decision-making will permeate all throughout everybody’s life. After all, it was the decisions that they made that have brought them here at this point in time; however, we can also get into specifics on the benefits of decision-making.

First of all, good decision-making allows for the accomplishment of goals. Making good choices at work can contribute positively to the overall efficiency of everyone. The opposite is also true; a bad decision has the possibility to tank the productivity of a group, organization, or company.

Along with accomplishing goals, good decision-making will also contribute to the growth of an organization. Of course, this is a no-brainer. However, achieving goals is not the end-all, be-all way to contribute to a company’s growth. A company needs to work together in order to ensure growth. If the employees continue doing their part to ensure growth, they will need the proper guidance of the management. As such, management must have the right decision-making skills to make use of their momentum correctly. Should they fail to do it, then the company might go the other way and go kaput.

Aside from the management and the employees, the leadership of the company must also be good at making decisions. After all, they are the head of the organization, and as such, they must set a good example in the company. They also must set reasonable standards for the company’s fate, for their excellent hands and decisions steer the company towards the right path.

The decisions we have made and we will make in our lives have and will define our identity. Good or bad, these decisions cannot be easily changed, especially for life-changing and life-defining ones. As such, it is essential to make a good decision or at least decisions that you know you will not regret. Be it for work or personal reasons, conclusions must be made with proper analysis and foresight to ensure that they will result in the most preferred outcome. Doing the opposite would likely be a waste of opportunities and, by extension, a waste of a good life.

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