Steps in Making a Decision Identify the problem. Brainstorm possible solutions. Explore and evaluate possible solutions. Make your decision, and act on it. Evaluate and accept the results of your decision.
Try It Out… You’re at a friend’s party, and you have drunk three cans of beer. You need to get back to your parents’ house before curfew. What will you decide to do? Use the process.
Cost vs. Benefit You make decisions based on what they will cost you and on how much you will benefit from them. You must decide which – the cost or the benefit – impacts you more.
Try It Out… Your friend is having an all-night birthday party on Friday, and you are registered to take the ACTs at 8:00am on Saturday morning. What is the cost of each possibility? What is the benefit of each possibility?