Everyday we are forced to make decisions. Some are small, and some are huge. Some will effect us for a few moments while others will effect us for a lifetime. Some decisions will effect only ourselves while others will effect our family, friends, co-workers and others around us.
What we wear, what we eat, who we hang out with are all decisions that we make on a daily basis. These are more like habits than anything, so making these decisions are easy for us. But when it comes to other areas of our lives, such as relationships and career, those choices can be more of a challenge.
While none of us know for certain what the future holds, there are some things you can do to make sure that your decision will be in the best interest of yourself and others.
Make A List – We have a natural tendency to look at the negative side of the things we fear, and to over-romanticize the things we think we want. This means that our views may not be accurate, because we are not allowing ourselves to see the whole picture. To make a good, valid decision, we need to be able to look at things objectively and make our decision based on what we see.
Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. On the right side, write “PRO” and on the left side write “CON”. Think about the decision you have to make, and write the positive things under PRO and the negative things under CON.
Based on your list of pros and cons, which one seems like the better option for you?
If your have to make a decision based on 2 or more choices, you can also make a chart to see which option would be better for you.
Which is more important? Saving money at the risk of getting disruptions during bad weather, or paying a higher price so that disruptions aren’t an issue?
The decision you make will be based on what is right for you. Every person is different, and what is important for you may not be what is important to somebody else.
Listen To Your Gut – You’ve heard it said that if something seems to good to be true, it probably is. There are times when things look good on paper or they sound good to our ears, but for one reason or another, our gut will telling us that what we’re considering is a bad idea. I’ve seen this happen with numerous people when it came to things of a more personal issue, like starting a business with a friend. There are some decisions that will require you to use your analytical mind, while others will require that you listen to your gut.
If the business deal looks good, if the plan sounds right, if the promises from your ex sound great but your gut is telling you not to trust it – then you may want to heed the warning.
Ask The Experts – Do you know anyone who has had experience in this area? Then ask them about it. Most people are happy to tell you about their experiences, especially if they think their input will be helpful to you.
Ask The Source – Never underestimate the power of Prayer. Go to Source and ask directly. Ask for divine insight or inspiration into the situation. You can do this through prayer, meditation, oracle cards or any form of psychic communication that you feel most comfortable with. If you receive an answer, but you’re still uncertain, then ask someone you trust to help you out with this. They too can consult Source on this issue, and when they do, you can see if their answer is in alignment with yours. If it’s not, then don’t worry. Simply take their interpretation as another layer of the situation that you didn’t see before. Continue to pray and petition until you get an answer that you are certain about.
Envision The Outcome – This is one of the most important aspects in making a decision and yet it is frequently overlooked. Envisioning the outcome gives you a sense of how you feel once that decision has been made. It gives you a sneak peak into the future so that you can see what responsibilities it will entail and how it will effect your life. Once you have narrowed down your choices, or once you have made a choice, take a few minutes to sit down with your eyes closed, and reflect on how this decision will effect you. Notice how you feel about it. Are you relieved? Scared? Excited?
Are there other people involved in this decision? How is it effecting them? How will it effect all of you a few months or years from now? Do you feel confident that you’ve made the best choice?
There are many layers to consider when it comes to making a decision, and we hope that these suggestions will help to guide you towards the best one.