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Making Better Decisions

Our lives are nothing but a series of right and wrong decisions and their consequences. While we cannot always predict the outcome of our decisions correctly, it is essential to ensure that we pick the clues necessary to make better decisions more often. Making bad decisions can impact our lives in ways more than one, and forces us to live with regret. It is important to trust your instincts when making decisions, but we must try and be rational and pragmatic at the same time. Don’t be Afraid of Consequences When it comes to making decisions, instinctively, we know what we want, but it is the question of whether the choice you’re plumping towards is right or not that makes you feel confused. Don’t be so afraid of consequences that it weakens your thought process. Do know that the outcome, positive or negative, would be far more impactful as you perceive at the moment. Even if the consequences do go south, you’ll be in a far better position psychologically to cope with a similar situation in the future. Look for positive in every negative. Go With Your Gut Instincts Sometimes it is okay to go with your gut instincts rather than weighing the pros and cons analytically to come to a decision. It has been scientifically proved by Dr. Joel Pearson that intuition does exist, and it only seems fair to connect with our inner wisdom to make the choice for you. It does seem rebellious to trust your gut instincts at times but is your sixth sense telling you what to do. Ask the Right Questions One of the best ways to making better decisions a habit is to know and ask the right questions. Ask yourself if the outcome of your decision would bring you closer to your goals? Would it solve the problem at hand? How will it improve or impact your life? Is it worth taking the risk? What are you losing, and can you afford to lose it? And, so on. If you aren’t self-reflective, you’re prone to bad decision-making. Decisions Should Align With Your Core Values If the decisions you make don’t align with your core values, passion, goals, and priorities, it wouldn’t feel right. Do know what you stand for and what your values are. If something inside you is hesitant or not comfortable with the decision, find out what it is, and address that. If the decision you make does not align with the values you stand for, the outcome won’t be satisfying. It is because, without this alignment, you won’t be able to trust your decision as well. It is important to think analytically and logically to make the right decision, but one should not completely forget about the role emotional intelligence plays in the decision making process. It is important to think it through, but don’t overthink and put yourself under so much stress that it impairs your judgment.