I think that you are asking about decision-making. You mention making a personal decision based on results. Making good decisions goes in steps:
1. What is the problem? Be specific.
2. What are the alternatives, or choices available? It makes no sense to pick something out of your reach or something that is not a realistic option. For example, if after you apply for financial aid a college is still too expensive, it may not be a realistic choice for you.
3. What are the best and worst things about each choice?
4. What about the choices matters to you the most? Is it money, the results, as you put it, the path to reaching your goal, the people involved, or the location, for example?
5. Make a decision and begin there. If new problems or benefits come up, start at the beginning.
Nancy recommends the following next steps:
- Try using these steps on little decisions first.
- Then use this method with big decisions with confidence.