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Why We Don’t Make Good Decisions (and How to Improve)

“Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.” —Peter Drucker

Making good decisions consistently necessitates applying the disciplines of good decision making.

The value of seeking out, listening to and following wise counsel is the foundation to good decisions. Every day, we make hundreds of lesser decisions. We also face major pivotal decisions that will affect our lives forever. These will be fewer, but more important and crucial to our life destiny. Critical choices at critical times determine our future.

Our destinies are often determined by a handful of crucial decisions—a chain of choices that shapes our entire life and ministry. As leaders, we must master the art of wise decision making, especially since our decisions affect the lives of many others.

Here are some practical principles for wise decision making.

1. Become grounded in basic Bible knowledge.

Start with Jesus’ words about the greatest commandment: Love the Lord and serve Him only. Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. Then dig deep into the Word of God and allow it to illuminate the right pathway you should take.

Love God and His counsel. Get familiar with the godly principles that govern life.

2. Stay open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is called the Counselor. Listen to His wise counsel. Along those lines, get comfortable with your gift of common sense! If it feels wrong, it probably is!

3. Make friends with wise people.

And listen to what they say about making decisions. Ask for their advice. They want to see you succeed.