How to Make Better Choices in Life
4 Basic Tips on Enhancing Your Decision-Making Process
by J.M. Troppello
“Every day brings new choices.” – Martha Beck
You have choices every day. There are simple choices like deciding what you’re going to wear in the morning and what to eat. There are harder choices that you have to make at work during the day or at home regarding family issues.
Sometimes you make the right choice. Other times you regret what you decided. There may be times when you’ve made a really bad choice and have to live with the consequences.
“Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we are proud of. Some will haunt us forever.” – Graham Brown
Tips on Making Better Choices
Making good choices starts with having all the pertinent information to help you make the best decision. Take the time to find all the information you need before deciding what to do.
Yes, there will be times when you must make split-second decisions. Hopefully, you have enough information to make the right one during those times. But for the important decisions, you usually have time to decide. So, make sure you have all the details you need.
Once you have the information, take the time to write down all the pros and cons for the different decision paths you can make. Carefully think through why your decision could be good or bad for you and anyone else involved.
It’s okay to seek advice. You don’t know everything. Seek advice from a trusted friend or family member. Make sure this person will give you honest advice and not just tell you what you want to hear.
This person should be a neutral party. They need to listen to the information you give and read your pros and cons list. Then this person can share their thoughts on what they think is the best decision for you.
Now that you have all the information, you’ve created your pros and cons list, and you’ve gotten good advice—you need to make a decision.
You may be 100% sure of the decision you’re going to make. Maybe you’re not 100% sure. If you need more time to think about your decision, take the time.
Make your decision. Try not to second guess yourself. If it turns out that you made the wrong decision, you’ll have to deal with those consequences. Hopefully, you made the right decision, and you can move on to accomplishing your next goal.
Make Better Decisions
“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” – Sammy Davis Jr.
You can make better decisions in life by thinking clearly and not being rash. Remember to follow these basic steps: get all the information you need, make your pros and cons list, seek sage advice, and make your decision.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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