5 Steps to making wise decisions

Industry Observer with Justine Mfulama

Sometimes it’s hard to make a wise decision when we are faced with a lot of options and a lot of information. Suddenly something as simple as choosing a new phone becomes a nightmare. In this post, I explain simple but effective ways to make wise decisions and overcome decision fatigue based on different proverbs bible verses


  1. Truly ask yourself what you want

The most important thing in making a wise decision is that you make a decision that serves you. In our lives, we are oftentimes so influenced by other people and our desire to make them happy, that we have a hard time truly identifying who it is that we are and what we like.


Therefore, mindfulness and meditation are good tools to be still and listen to your own thoughts, wants and needs. Make it a habit to isolate yourself before important are due. That way you ensure that you are 100% aligned with your purpose and passion and making a decision that serves you.



2. Ask for wise counsel

Wise counsel is a powerful tool. As Proverbs 19:20 says: 


Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end, you will be counted among the wise.


A wise person seeks and listens to godly counsel in the form of trusted people in their lives. No matter if it is your parents, friends or elders at church, seeking advice from people that have been through a similar situation or have more experience than you is valuable. 


Get a set of fresh eyes on the situation and then make your own decision. It doesn’t mean that they have more influence than you, all it means is that they give you more substance to think about. 



3. Listen to your intuition

This point is so often underestimated. Our intuition or gut as some people might call it is an extraordinary guide. It will tell you exactly if something is a good or bad idea for you. It knows you well and always has your best interest at heart because it’s your inner alarm system.


Before making a decision, truly pause and feel into your stomach if something feels good or not. If you feel uncomfortable and stressed, it’s a sign that the decision is off and you need to decide otherwise. 



4. Trust yourself

The biggest roadblock on the way is oftentimes our own limiting beliefs. We underestimate or question our own thoughts and ideas. While your mind is just trying to keep you in a state of comfort and safety, it will oftentimes lie to you and talk you out of things. 


When that happens you have to question your mind and learn to trust yourself. Ask yourself if the worst-case scenario is really that bad or if you have seen others succeed before and could emulate that. By showing your mind that there is a way to make things work for you, you ease yourself into a positive decision.



5. Look at the bigger picture

Consider Proverbs 18:13 before making a decision. 


To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.


Don’t be too quick to move forward if you do not have all the facts. Instead, request more information so that you can make an informed decision. Especially in a time where instant gratification is a constant desire, it is important to learn not to rush into something and instead take your time. 


These 5 steps to making wise decisions might be very simple but helpful and will facilitate easier decision making. 

Comments (2)

Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions

Good morning Justine – We often forget to trust ourselves. Thanks for the reminder and sharing this post. 

Oct 15, 2019 07:42 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Justine Mfulama very good list of tips for making wise decisions.

Oct 15, 2019 03:07 PM