Is it true that every one of us makes thousands of decisions every single day? Are many of these made instantaneously? In this category are there minor seemingly insignificant choices that have little apparent impact? Could it also include crisis decisions that arise quickly and yet can be of life-or-death importance?
Are there other questions that require research, thinking, planning and analysis? Is it possible to “overthink” these decisions? Is the reliance on “gut” reactions or going with the “gut” valid considerations for complex decision making?
Is it worth considering that, by necessity, we sometimes make life or death decisions instantly, while long agonizing over important, but not life or death, decisions? Is there an optimal time frame for making a decision?
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” –Theodore Roosevelt
Would it be accurate to say, that there is no template for decision making? Is there a myriad of factors that influence every decision, including individual experiences? Is the decision-making process different for every person? Is it a matter of identifying the issues, evaluating the options and choosing the best course of action, within the time frame available? Are there still fundamentals that can be learned that will improve the process of decision making?
Is making the decision the toughest aspect? Is it often easier to avoid or postpone making it?
Do you make decisions, quickly? Do you tend to procrastinate making decisions? Why? Do you take ownership of your decisions? Is decision making a key quality for leadership?