Decisions are the origin of all the progress in your life. When you fail to make decisions and choices, you are just drifting through life. Many people make poor decisions which take their lives drastically off course. Others make it a policy to avoid making decisions at all costs.

Ignite the Power of Making Decisions

However, making a poor decision is often better than making no decision at all. Your quality of life rapidly deteriorates when you do not make decisions. When you make a poor decision, you can always correct your course.

Check out how decisions are the first step to enhancing your life:

 

1. Decisions allow action to begin.

You will not take any action until you decide. And nothing happens until you act. Any changes or progress in your life occur as the result of a decision. When you decide, things can start happening.

2. Decisions give your life direction.

Once you have decided, you have started down a path. This is better than standing on the side of multiple paths and watching the world go by. When you make decisions and follow up with the appropriate actions, you are creating and living your life.

3. Decisions minimize distractions.

When you cannot make up your mind, everything becomes a distraction because you have nothing to focus on. A decision creates something to direct your attention toward. Decisive people are more focused than indecisive people.

4. Decisions require you to evaluate your life.

Making big decisions requires you to dig deep, tell yourself the truth and really examine your life, values, and preferences. You learn more about yourself when you make a significant decision.

How to Make a Wise Decision

Making smart decisions is important, but how should you make decisions? Most people are enticed away from wiser decisions by options that feel good in the short-term. For example, going to a party is more fun than staying home, studying for a test, and getting a good night of sleep.

Ideas to keep in mind when making decisions:

1. Know your values.

Know what is important to you, and you will make fewer poor decisions. Most people cannot list their values because they have never considered them.

2. Know your objectives.

What are you trying to accomplish? Which option available to you brings you closer to achieving your objectives? Which option takes you further from accomplishing your goals?

3. Rely on your experience.

You have experienced a lot in your life and have had the chance to learn a lot. Use that knowledge and experience to make more effective decisions. Over time, everyone should be making better decisions, because they have more knowledge and experience.

4. Gather more information if necessary.

You do not know everything, so there are times when you will need to seek out additional information. The more you know, the better your decision can be.

5. Pull the trigger.

However, there comes a time when you need to stop researching and start doing something. Give yourself a deadline to make the decision and stick to it.

  • Once you have decided, immediately take action, even if it is something small. For example, if you have decided to run your first 10K, you might go to the library and check out a book on running.
  • Making a big decision can be a big relief, while putting off decisions is stressful. Being indecisive puts a serious burden on your mind.

Decisions can completely change the direction of your life. Give each decision you make the respect it deserves but make your decisions quickly.

If you know your values and goals, most decisions are quite easy to make. Remind yourself of the consequences of failing to make choices and decisions, and you will be more motivated to just decide and move forward!!

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