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Making Informed Decisions When Voting

October 28, 2016 • savervote


Making a decision is part of everyday life. You may not notice it most of the time, but there are choices you make that have gone through the decision-making process. But there are certain things you have to decide on that may require a more thorough and thoughtful approach. Things like electing leaders that would shape local or national policies can have potential effects, either directly or indirectly, to your life. Learning how to make decisions you can live with can help you achieve the results you want to see. Here are some ideas on to be better at making decisions.

1. Make it visual. Decision mapping allows you to explore the range of options available to you. It provides you with a visual diagram of your thought process, which can help in coming up with the best decision given the problem at hand. The decision mapping process gives you time to deliberate on the choices available to you. This makes it easier to see and pick one that offers the best possible solutions for you.

2. Weigh the pros and cons. Being decisive does not mean making decisions impulsively. You have to take the time to consider the advantages and disadvantages before taking calculated risks to settle on the best one you can find given your unique circumstances. Write down the pros and cons, think about potential risks, and consider possible outcomes before making your decision.

3. Do your research. Do you research and talk to people who can provide you with more insights. Getting the facts, data, or information you need helps you make better decisions.

4. Avoid overthinking. Decide as soon as you have all the facts and information you need. Avoid spending too much time overthinking or second-guessing yourself. Set a deadline for every decision you need to make.

5. See the big picture. Keep an open mind and do not lose sight of the big picture. Imagine the potential impact of your decision.

6. Stay firm with your decision. Stick to your decision unless you find evidence that support the need to change it. Do not be easily swayed by opposing views or other people’s opinions. Do what you have to do to support your decisions.

7. Review and evaluate. Evaluating the results of your decisions can help you glean important lessons that could prove useful in the long run. Assess what works and what improvements you may need to make to come up with better decisions in the future.

Voting and Peer Pressure: Sticking to Your Decision

November 9, 2016 • savervote


Some people’s choices are influenced by peers or popular opinion for varied reasons. Those who do not want to stand out tend to make decisions based on how people around them choose. There is nothing wrong in discussing politics and election related topics with others. But it can be a problem if it means giving up your right to explore options and ideas before electing leaders into positions that could potentially impact not just your future but millions of others.

Peer Pressure and Influence

Positive and negative peer pressure is all about influencing thoughts, decisions, and behaviors. It is the results, however, that separate the good and the bad of peer pressure. Negative peer pressure can lead to decisions and behaviors that are contrary to your beliefs, core values, and instincts. The outcomes usually do not bring a sense of satisfaction of fulfillment in your life.

Most, if not all, people are exposed to positive and negative influence on a daily basis. If you take a closer look at the people around you, there will be those who inspire positive behaviors in you while there others that may try to influence you to think or act against your own principles. Finding ways to avoid peer pressure when making important decisions is critical.

Handling Differences in Views

Here are some ways to deal with differences of views and opinions without giving up your right to choose freely.

1. Follow your internal compass. Stay true to yourself can help you stand up to even the most intense form of peer pressure. You can avoid negative influence when you honor your values and have a clear idea of the principles you live by. You acknowledge your own individuality and respect yourself enough not to give in to negative influences that could make you betray your own belief system.

2. Review and reflect on your choices. Decisiveness is not about acting rashly. Before making any decision, take time to consider the consequences. Some people will try to influence your decisions to suit theirs. You do not have to jump in any bandwagon to please others.

3. Think of what matters to you. Ask yourself if giving in peer pressure can help you sleep well at night. Think of the things that you stand for and the things that matter to you. Consider how your choices can impact you and others around you.

4. Maintain boundaries. There will always be people around you who will try to challenge your beliefs and decisions. You do not have to engage in ugly conflicts and arguments just to prove a point. Stay respectful but maintain your personal boundary. Stick to your decision without putting pressure on others to accept your views.