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Sometimes it can be hard to say what it is you want to decide.
This is true if you have not been asked to make decisions before.
Or to be part of the things that you would like to change.
Not being able to say what your decision is does not mean that you do not have a decision to make.
Take time to think about what you want
Talk to people that you trust.
A supporter may be able to help you to say what your decision is.
Supporters may need to be creative. Asking ‘what do I want to make a decision about’, may not be very helpful.
You could use a strengths based approach to help formulate a decision about the things the decision maker likes to do, or is good at. Is there a decision that could be made to make these things happen more often? Another approach is to explore choices that most people make on a day to day basis – decisions about food, routines, time, friends, or leisure.
You could ask about the things the decision maker would like change. The things that frustrate them. Or things they would like to happen more often. Try to observe these things if you are spending time with the decison maker.
Remember, some decision makers will never have been asked these questions before. Use patience. You may need to visit this conversation a few times.
To make a decision you need to know what it is you are deciding about.
You might just have an idea.
For example, you may only know that you want to decide about your home.
Or you might know more.
You may know that you want to move into a house and that you want to share with other people.
Either is fine.
Part of decision making is working out what you want.
Think about your hopes
Share your hopes with a person you trust
Get to know your decision by asking
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When you know your decision you start to think about options.