The scale of a decision can also be split into three categories.
The most common decisions are daily decisions (what should I wear? What should I eat today? etc.).
Less common are opportunity decisions which have a larger impact on your life (Should I take this job? Should I date this person?)
The rarest are impact decisions, which help you determine who you are as a person and your effect on the world (What kind of parent do I want to be? How do I want others to feel about me?).
These decisions range from small to extremely significant, but everyone will have to make them at some point. So, how do we prepare?
There are many factors that can determine your decisions, but you should ultimately look at these three aspects of yourself:
Values: Easily the most important, break every decision to the fundamental elements of what you value. Often this is based on both preference and experience. People rarely make decisions against their personal values, so it’s a good source to make decisions from.
Critical Thinking: Value isn’t enough on its own, however. Decisions must also be looked at objectively, with an emotionless and dispassionate assessment. Critical thinking will remind you that every decision has a cost, and values can help you determine what you’re willing to give up for the decision.
Intuition: Our natural instincts that have been in our brain since humans have existed. Intuition and emotion are not ideal at making the best decision, but also should not be ignored completely. Your gut feeling should definitely be given some consideration in decision making.