For much of my early life, decisions were a surprise. They popped up spontaneously like a fork in the road, seemingly out of nowhere. They usually had a deadline that I had to scramble to meet. I had to quickly find a friend who knew something about this topic, get their input and take the plunge. I always had a nagging feeling that I was overlooking some important factors that would come back to haunt me. I depended a lot on the Biblical principle, “the Lord preserves the simple” (Psalm 116:6) while wondering if He wanted me to stay that way (naive, stupid, unprepared).
Once I understood that life, business or engineering decisions follow a pattern, I realized the foolishness of continuing as a “reactive” decision-maker. Although it’s taken a while to discern these patterns, I’m now almost never surprised by a decision that just pops up. I can look at the pattern, anticipate the decisions that I will face at my next major life milestone or season-of-life transition and be “proactive” when attacking these decisions. This gives me plenty of time to gather the appropriate information (which also follows a pattern) and produces both better decisions and lot greater peace of mind along the way. Even when events beyond my control throw me into a new situation (e.g. a major illness diagnosed), I can check the pattern and use it to respond quickly to the new circumstances.
There is great power in proactive decision-making. Like any other new life habit, you’ll have to apply a little effort until it becomes second nature. But you have an advantage; through the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF), the decision patterns that you need are readily available. You just need to decide to start your journey toward becoming a proactive decision-maker.
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