How to Decide to Make a Decision

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Many times during our daily routine, we face having to make a variety of decisions.

We base making decisions on our upbringing, our knowledge and education, our beliefs, our attitude and mood at that moment.   

We may be afraid of making the wrong decision, or we doubt ourselves, second-guess, think twice, and wonder what to do. 

There is no easy formula on how to decide but the following tips will help:

Sleep on it

Make your decision early in the morning.  After a good night’s rest, you will have calmed your mind and will wake up with positive energy.  You will be able to think more clearly, make a wise decision and then have the rest of the day to enjoy not having the weight on your shoulders.

Elevate your mood

Listen to music, exercise or do something that will put your mood and attitude in the right place.  Trying to decide when you are depressed, angry or nervous or making a snap decision is not a good idea and using alcohol or drugs will prove to be disastrous.

Rely on your feelings

Believe in yourself.  Trust your instincts.  Trust how you feel inside.

You can leave it to fate by tossing a coin, rolling the dice or picking from a hat and then gauge how you feel inside.

We use to play a game when we could not decide on something.   We would write down our choices on a piece of paper, put them in a hat and then pick one.  After our pick, if we felt disappointed than we picked again, or if we felt happy, then we knew that was the right decision.  We usually kept picking until we picked the original one we wanted in the first place but could not decide.

Do your homework

You cannot be afraid to seek and ask for help when making big decisions.  You can ask the appropriate people and get advice from friends, research articles, books and the Internet.  After listening, hearing and reading about what others think, you will have a better understanding what you need to do. 

Warning: although other people and the resources you seek for advice from may have good intentions, be cautious, use these resources as a gauge on how you feel inside, and make your own decision.

Pros and Cons

Listing all the pros and cons on a piece of paper has always been a popular way to assist in decision-making.  Visually comparing the right and wrong reasons will help make your final decision clearer.    

Failure is always an option

Do not be afraid to make a mistake and fail.  Failure is always an option because if nothing ever went wrong, and we always made the right decision then we would never learn anything.

When we learned to walk, we struggled, lost our balance, stumbled and fell down many times, but eventually we learned.  The greatest athletes, mentors and people in the world, the ones who we praise, idolize and follow have failed more times in their lives than they have succeeded and that is why they succeed.  Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he got the light bulb right.  Thank goodness, he never gave up.

If you do not make the correct decision do not give up.  Learn, grow from it and make another decision.

Think about this

Occasionally, we face the difficult task of having to make one of those life-changing decisions that seem impossible to make.  We might be at the cross roads of life and have to choose to go right or left but cannot decide what direction to take.

If you simply cannot decide, then try this:

Decide to do the thing that will benefit others, and you will have made the right decision.

This article also posted on and by Scott Hallock


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