Seniors: Four Steps to a Decision

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are so many scraps of paper in files, on my desk, in my in box, stuffed in folders.  Each of them has an idea for a column.  Some have been picked up from things read, information heard, unsolicited suggestions made, written in haste and indecipherable. 

The result is that once in awhile, some worthwhile nugget is mined and the outcome is an article which may offer assistance in an area for seniors trying to make decisions. 

Of late, the task of deciding what to clear out from my study, garage, barn, bath room lavatory drawers, closets, and ad nauseum has become an overwhelmingly challenging and frustrating exercise in decision making.  Should I keep this?  Is it time to discard that?  Why am I hanging on to things that surely have no longer any useful value to me and likely not to anyone else?  The anxiety level rises when met with choices that require a bottom line “keep or toss.”

So in this mishmash of sorting through everything in the house comes this little scrap of paper, from where I know not.  But it showed up at that opportune moment when I needed its insight and a nudge at getting serious about making decisions. 

Thus, the message which was hurriedly scribbled on the backside of piece, literally, of paper which had someone’s name, now long forgotten who, and that person’s telephone number on the reverse side. 

The hint was called Four Steps to a Decision.  And there were these four, rather pithy, but nonetheless poignant suggestions.  Maybe they should be called commandments for those of us who get hung up on our way from discovering the need to making a decision to finally getting there.

The four steps are:

1. Perceive a Solution.  (Sounds simple enough.  I guess one never knows until trying).

2. Determine (that’s a good word, as in be determined) possible courses of action.

3. Of those courses, which seems to be in your own best self interest, the most reasonable, most logical choice.  (now, we are getting somewhere).

4 . Take action. 

If this isn’t practical, full of common sense and workable, don’t call me, consult an expert in decision making, who may be able to develop a formula superior to this one. Then, all you have to do is decide which advice seems most likely to work for you.  Then, you may call me to tell me how you are doing at decision making.



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