Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10228

"Hmmm . . . I can't decide whether to try this lesson or not!" Using the six steps of decision-making, and real-life problems, learn how to make the easy and the tough decisions you will face in life!


Practical Life Skills

Life Skills
learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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You get invited to a party; most of your friends also got invited, but your best friend was left out on purpose. What do you do? What should you do?

Today you will learn how to make this difficult decision!

Believe it or not, there are steps that you can follow to make this decision a little bit easier.

We make decisions every day. Some are big decisions, some are small decisions. As you get older you will have to make more decisions and more difficult decisions. It’s important to learn the steps in making decisions now so it will be easier to make those harder decisions as you get older.

What are some decisions that you made today? Were all the decisions you made equally significant?

We make many decisions every day; some are so small and even so easy we don't even realize that we are making a decision. When we wake up in the morning, we decide what we are going to wear, what we want to eat for breakfast and so on. These are just some examples of many decisions that we make each day.

Watch the video below, Decisions Decisions Decisions:


The six steps to decision-making will walk you through the decision-making process and help to make it easier for you. You can use these steps when making a big decision or even a small decision in your life.

Six Steps to Decision-making:

  1. Identify the problem

  1. Brainstorm your options. Brainstorm as many options as you can come up with. Put all your ideas on paper.

  1. Evaluate your options. It may help to ask the following questions when evaluating your options:

  • Is it unkind?

  • Is it hurtful?

  • Is it unfair?

  • Is it dishonest?

  • Is it in line with your goal?

  • Which option will get you closest to a desirable outcome without having a negative impact on you or someone else?

  1. Choose one option. After evaluating all of your options, choose an option that works best. It’s important that the option that you choose does not create a problem for someone else.

  1. Make a plan of action. Make a plan and start working at it. Sometimes at this step you learn that the plan is not going to work. You may have to go back to step 2 and review all of your options again.

  1. Evaluate your decision. This is a critical step in the process. It’s important to look at the solution to make sure that a similar problem can be prevented in the future.

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