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The quality of your decisions affects the quality of your life. Making better decisions is one of the most effective ways to enhance your life. However, making a good decision requires deciding!! Too many people avoid making decisions, or they spend far too much time and energy overthinking.
A great decision does not require a lot of time or energy most of the time:
1. Know your purpose.
Your purpose makes the best option more obvious. For example, if your purpose is to be an ultramarathoner, it is easier to decide what to eat and how to spend your time away from your regular job.
- Where should you live? If you want to be a dairy farmer, the city will not work. If you want to write a book, in what environment do you write most effectively?
2. Be reasonable.
Most people make decisions based on emotion. Reason is often used to justify the decisions they made emotionally. Most people are prone to making poor decisions. You do not want to be like most people in this regard.
- The best decision is often clear if you apply logic to the situation. Consider how you would advise a friend to proceed. That is probably your best option.
3. Plan your day the night before.
It is easier to make smart decisions in advance. For example, it is easy to say, “I’m going to meet my mother for lunch tomorrow.” However, you might be less enthusiastic when the sun comes up. Avoid changing your mind. You already made the decision, so stick with it.
- We make great plans in the evening for the following day. We plan out our days. We make plans to eat a good lunch, hit the gym, and finish that report. The next day, we start overthinking everything and blow it.
- You do not need to make perfect decisions. You need to make decent decisions and stick with them. Do your thinking at night. Execute your decisions the following day.
4. Know your core values.
The best option is often obvious if you know your core values.
- Take the time to examine your values and then list them in order of priority. When you are faced with a tough choice, look at your list of values and apply your values to your decision. You will probably find that an answer is easier to find.
5. Give yourself a deadline.
A good decision can often be made very quickly. Avoid taking longer than you need to make a choice. A deadline can be an effective way of deciding quickly. Give yourself a few minutes to a few days, to make up your mind. Pull the trigger and move on.
6. Know that if you are indecisive, any option is probably acceptable.
When you are torn between a couple of choices, there is probably not a “best” option. Just pick one and move on. Flip a coin if necessary.
7. Consider the reason for your hesitation.
Why are you hesitating? What is holding you back? What are your concerns? What are you afraid might happen?
- Is there a way to alleviate this fear so it does not impact your decision process?
8. Forget about trying to be perfect.
Perfection leads to procrastination and indecision. Worry about being good. Worry about being smart. That is as close to perfection as you need to be.
Overthinking and indecisiveness puts your life on hold. You can dramatically enhance the quality of your life by making better and quicker decisions. Deciding is not a race, but what are you going to accomplish by waiting if you already have the information you need to decide?
Be clear on your purpose and values. Avoid the need to be perfect in your decisions. Make a wise choice and get busy living and enjoying your life!!
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