1. State the SituationBe sure you have a firm grasp on the problem. Ask yourself how the problem developed, who is involved (other than you), and how much time you have to make the decision.
2. List the Possible OutcomesThink of as many different ways to solve the problem as possible. Seek the advice of others to come up with other ideas.
3. Weigh the Possible OutcomesConsider the positives and negatives for each option. Is it safe? Are the risks reasonable? How will it affect me? How will it affect others? Is it legal? Could it lead to other problems?
4. Consider Your ValuesAsk yourself whether each course of action is in keeping with your values and the values of your family and community. How comfortable will you be with the possible outcome, now and in the future?Values are your own personal set of beliefs. These come from your family, religion, friends, society, etc.
5. Decide and ActUse everything you know at this point to make a decision. Remember that you are not perfect, and there are no guarantees. Once you have made a decision, you need to take action. Timing may be critical.
6. Evaluate Your DecisionOnce action is taken, reflect on your decision. What was the outcome? Did it differ fromwhat was expected? Would I make a different decision next time? **Not all problems will require a pencil and paper or such a detailed process. By learning the steps on easier problems, it will be easier to apply these steps when you need them.**