How to Make Better Decisions
Have you ever been stuck trying to decide what to do? Your logic tells you to do one thing. But your gut feel tells you to do another. You weigh in all your options and before you know it, you’ve already wasted so much time. If you think indecisiveness is eating you up, consider doing these suggestions on how to make better decisions.
Come up with realistic options.
Mull over all your options. Think of some alternatives. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Then choose the best option after weighing up its pros and cons. Does it fall within the timeline that you set for yourself? Does it give you inner peace? Is it the lesser evil among all the choices that you have? Does doing it make you and the people involved better or happier? Can you handle its consequences?
Make a list of pros and cons.
Come up with a list of pros and cons before dealing head-on with a tough decision. Doing so would force you to assess the possible outcomes and consequences. You may think that making a mental note of it is enough. But putting it on paper would help you evaluate your probable decision more clearly.
Confide in people whom you trust.
You may be comfortable doing things alone. However, asking about the input of others can also help sometimes. They may have insights that you have overlooked. Yes, hearing all the opinions and unsolicited advice from left and right might make you all the more confused. But try to be as objective as possible in choosing the ones that would help you move forward.
It helps to talk to someone who has been there and done that. By doing so, you can know which experience is worth emulating and which one to avoid when making a decision.
As I write this article, I am reminded about a very intriguing fiction book that I’ve read, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It’s about making choices and the series of events that happen whenever we make a particular choice. It touches the idea of the multiverse and the possibility of the existence of different versions of us in all those parallel universes. In Dark Matter, our reality depends on the outcome of the choices we make. The lesson that I learned from it is that there will always be benefits and consequences of whichever action we do. Sure, we may regret doing something. Or we may also simply accept it and move on.
There will never be a perfect decision, yes. It takes a conscious effort to make better decisions as much as we can. Life is too short, that’s true. It’s too short that wasting it on regrets, what-ifs, and buts won’t help us live life to the fullest.
We only live once. Carpe diem.