People make decisions every single day from the simplest things to life-changing choices. And many are done on auto-pilot or on impulse which sometimes leads to mistakes or unpleasant results. While decisiveness is an admirable trait, it is the how of it that sometimes get overlooked. To become better at anything, it helps to make a conscious decision instead of making uninformed or impulsive decisions. So if you are looking for ideas on how to make better decisions, here are some of the best books for your reading list.
1. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; by Malcolm Gladwell
“The answer is that we are not helpless in the face of our first impressions. They may bubble up from the unconscious – from behind a locked door inside of our brain – but just because something is outside of awareness doesn’t mean it’s outside of control.”
The power of first impressions and the impact of overthinking when dealing with problems are just some of the thought-provoking insights to find in this book.
2. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath, Dan Heath, and Kaleo Griffith
“Success emerges from the quality of the decisions we make and the quantity of luck we receive. We can’t control luck. But we can control the way we make choices.”
Decisive explores why people are not really good at decision-making and offers tips and guides on how to become better at it.
3. Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions by Howard Raiffa, John S. Hammond, and Ralph L Keeney
With so many small and big decisions being made every day, making smart choices greatly help. In this book, the authors share practical ideas on how to make a wide array of decisions that get the best possible results you want.