Steps to Making Better Decisions

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Decisions, decisions. The gift of free will can be our biggest downfall or our saving grace. It all depends on the decisions we make. Each and every one of us can look back and think of bad decisions we’ve made. Maybe some of us continually made bad decisions that have had dire consequences in our lives. Sometimes we are impulsive, and sometimes our judgment gets skewed. If you want to start making better decisions, here is a list of steps you can take.

1. Think objectively

Often it’s our emotions getting the better of us when we make a bad decision. It’s not always easy, but if you try to be an outsider to your own situation and be objective, you can often get a better feel for what the right decision might be. Ever wonder why it’s so easy to give advice but not always to take it?

Think like the person of reason that you are, and act on the decision you would make as an outsider to your own situation.

2. Analyze your decision

Especially if it’s a major decision, it’s wise to make a list of pros and cons and analyze the risk versus the reward of your decision. If you can do this, sometimes the decision will make itself.

The problem is following through with it. But again, being objective can help you see that it might be impulse overriding worry, or worry overriding a good decision.

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 3. Get outside advice.

Go ahead and bring your dilemma to your friends, family, coworkers, strangers, or anyone willing to offer their help. The benefit of this is that people generally want you to make the right decision, so they will naturally offer advice that will point you in that direction.

Remember that people are seeing your dilemma from an outside perspective, and have less at stake. This can affect your decision-making process in a good or bad way, so it’s important to consider your own thoughts and feelings as well.

Sometimes it’s good to act on our emotions. But other times, it can hold us back from getting where we want to be in life. The next time you have a decision to make, try to think objectively, analyze the risk and reward, and ask for advice. Over time, you’ll get better at making better decisions on a consistent basis.

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Enduring Through Tough Challenges

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We wake up every morning expecting to take on some kind of challenge. In life, we tend to set ourselves up this way as we dream big and set high standards. Luckily, as humans, we are designed to find ways to overcome. We may have evolved past the challenge of finding food and shelter, but we have created new challenges that arise with the desire to live a happy, healthy, and comfortable life.

For some, the challenge may be completing a difficult task at school or at work. For others, it could be a medical or financial challenge with no easy solution. But whether it’s a difficult sales quota to meet, an assignment due on short notice, or you just lost your job, don’t worry because there are ways you can overcome these difficult challenges and move on to success, happiness, and satisfaction.

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Ask for Help

Many people who face difficult challenges are too afraid, or too proud to ask for help. It’s understandable that we want to solve your own problems, but we are often surprised at how much easier things become the moment we ask for help. Help often doesn’t need to be much more than asking for advice. Sometimes an outside look at your problem will often yield some novel ideas that may not have occurred to you.

Most of the time we are facing a challenge that someone else has been through in some form or another. If they were able to find a solution, so can you. The important thing is to take their advice and not be closed-minded or negative. You will thank them later!

Focus on the result

It’s an interesting thing: When you envision the place you want to end up, your mind can start drawing a map of how to get there. Once it’s mapped out, we can begin taking action immediately.

It works like this: With an end result in mind, our life experiences remind us of the necessary requirements to get there. With those requirements in mind, we can typically determine the basic steps to meet those requirements. Working backward, we arrive at step 1 and now we know exactly what to do next. Then step 2, step 3, etc. until you’ve overcome the challenge.

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Stop worrying and start doing.

Taking action is the key element in overcoming difficult challenges. It’s normal to dwell on the negative. In fact, our minds are designed that way. But taking action is necessary, and it’s easier than you might think. As soon as you do, you’ll look back and wonder what took you so long.

Keys to Being More Personable

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Being personable with customers and employees can make a huge difference in day-to-day business. When a customer sees that you care about them, they remember you. When employees feel this, they are much more likely to enjoy going to work. Here are a few tips to become more personable:

Actually Listen

When someone is talking to you, actively listen. Remember a book they mentioned or their favorite song. If it’s a customer, write down something you want to remember, and then bring it up next time you see them. It will impress customers that you took the time to remember details about them.

Ask Questions

Along the lines of listening, asking questions shows that you are interested. Ask the person you are speaking with to elaborate on their problem or story, eliciting a more in-depth and memorable conversation.

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Use Names

Being directly acknowledged by name makes individuals feel important, and it’s especially impressive when someone remembers your name during that first conversation. Using names makes a huge difference.

Show Emotion

Personable people smile, laugh, frown, and generally show a range of emotions. Being able to express appropriate emotional responses will help you be more personable and approachable.

Stay Positive

Look on the bright side of things. When something bad happens, don’t always assume the worst. Repeat the old mantra if you need to: “Think positive thoughts.” Positivity reflects onto other people and helps them be more positive as well.