Of all the valuable life skills a person can develop, the ability to make wise decisions ranks at the very top. No other skill has such a dramatic impact on our quality of life! And yet, society seems to be plagued with those who consistently make bad decisions.
Have you ever been amazed by the abundance of shortsightedness when it comes to making decisions? Have you ever wondered why such an important life skill presents such a formidable challenge to so many? Have you struggled with this challenge personally?
Making wise decisions is a life skill
In order for us to learn a skill, there must be someone qualified to teach it. This means that our ability to make decisions will be strongly affected by the person we learned that ability from. If our parents lacked good decision making skills, it puts us at a distinct disadvantage.
To compound the problem, this important skill is not taught in schools. Young children are asked to make decisions without being given the skills to do so. The results of this educational blunder are all too obvious. Thankfully, we can all improve our ability to make decisions with the application of a few basic principles.
What influence the process of making decisions?
One of the reasons people struggle when it comes to making decisions is that there are so many things to consider. We have our personal wants, financial impact, the effect on our friends and family, and so on. This alone can be overwhelming.
Then there’s the pressure from outside influences. For example, advertisers work very hard and use every psychological trick in the book to influence our decisions in their favor.
Are you getting more confused?
Once we really look at all of the different aspects of making decisions, we can see why so many struggle with this life skill. In fact, the seeming complexity of the process can easily lead to procrastination and indecision.
Of course, the purpose of this article is to simplify the process of making decisions. So, now that we’ve examined some of the reasons why decision making can seem so complicated, let’s simplify the daylights out of it.
The real basis for making better decisions
The most important key to making wise decisions is CONSEQUENCES! Every single decision you have ever made, or will ever make, has consequences. Once we learn to evaluate our decisions based on consequences, all the other considerations fall neatly into place. It’s that simple.
Even your internal sense of right and wrong will be satisfied if you apply this simple process: Follow your decisions to their logical conclusion BEFORE you make them. Ask simple questions like: If I do this, what will be the likely result? If I choose this course, what are the consequences going to be? Make your decisions based solely on the consequences and you will be amazed at the way it changes your life.
Our life is the expression of our decisions and indecision
The life you are leading today is the result of past decisions and indecision. If you don’t like your current situation, change the way you make decisions. Many people make decisions based on instant gratification with no regard for long term consequences. This is what I call the Kamikaze approach to life. It’s the opposite of wisdom.
Others blame their situation, rather than accepting responsibility. In this case, their actions are being hindered by their excuses. Then there are those who postpone making decisions because they are waiting for the right circumstances. In reality, that is just one aspect of an avoidance technique we call procrastination.
Be wise, when making decisions don’t over complicate it
Regardless of the way you’ve made decisions in the past, you can start making wise decisions now. All you need to do is think before you decide. Before you make any decision, always start by considering the consequences. This simple practice will help you avoid untold pain and regret.
Soon, others will marvel at your wisdom, as your life remodels itself around the beneficial consequences of your wise decisions.
When making decisions, what’s your approach?
Are you happy with the consequences of your decisions?
The lines are open!
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