Making the right decision is a huge challenge

European workers including nurses, social workers and teaching assistants protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London before lobbying MPs over their right to remain in the UK.  Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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We all have to make decisions. Many people have to make a series of highly important ones, many more than those who only need to chose what to do on a personal basis. Making the right decision can be challenging, especially when you are faced with several.

A prime example is someone who leaves secondary school and has to decide where and what they will study for the next couple of years.

One of the most challenging decisions I made was not to attend university. I accepted another avenue which allowed me to pursue my career.

A good idea is to make a list and then prioritise the decisions facing you.

Sometimes we may decide to do something but it would be sensible not to because other areas of our lives are a priority.

When approaching the moment to decide what to do, people should ask what is required of them, what they’ll get in return and what gives them the greatest reward. I have seen numerous people, me included, who have turned down the chance of doing something which had the potential to be better.

However, I’m a big believer in trial and error and understand I can gain something I didn’t have before through the drive I have to succeed.

And like everyone else, wherever you may be at in life, never blow your chance by saying no to something. Work to your strengths.

If you do this you will excel, unlike someone who would do something they don’t understand thoroughly. Although it’s a good idea to take on opportunities which are challenging and out of your comfort zone.

However, if there is an option to chose something which you know is where you will perform strongly in comparison to others, go for that.

As you make a decision and prioritise your actions, it is healthy to evaluate the priorities. Follow through your priorities to ensure your day is as productive as possible. And if you are in a position to delegate then do so.

We usually go through stages where we move from doing work ourselves to dumping it on others, to eventually delegating appropriate work to those who are strong in certain areas. If you have the ability to delegate well, you and those around you will develop, ultimately experiencing positive results.

In all you do it is important to invest time, and sometimes money. Determination and drive often speak louder than what is written on a piece of paper. The way we express ourselves will go further than we can ever anticipate.