How To Make Tough Decisions

How To Make Tough Decisions

I get it. You feel stuck between a rock and a hard place and making a decision about where to go next or what to do next is not as easy as you’d like it to be. The close of one year and the beginning of a new one is always one of those times in our lives where we want to do something new. I’m sure you may have already set a list of goals you desire to meet in 2018 that seem reachable but you know that how you close this year will inevitably affect what happens in the next. So, in honor of helping you sift through the noise of the holiday season, I’ve come up with a list of five tips you can use to help you make those tough year-end decisions.

1. Limit the Amount of Information You Take In

Getting a word of advice from others is usually our first solution. You ask your best friend, your favorite cousin, your grandad, your barber and your bartender what you should do. While they all may hear you out and offer you great advice, too many options confuse the mind and a confused mind does nothing. I encourage you to get two trusted people to bounce ideas off but to also trust your own gut, instinct and intellect.

2. Find a Solution to Reduce Decision Fatigue

I don’t know about you but when I think too much about a thing, it wears me out! I’m all for using the power of the mind but the mind is a powerful tool; and if you’re not careful, your “thinking” will turn into stressing. Do yourself a favor and table the decisions you have to make for a few days. That’s right. Step away from analyzing and discussing all the possibilities that can happen. Allow your mind time to be relaxed and refreshed by putting your focus elsewhere for a few days.

3. Don’t Do What You Think You Are Supposed To Do

Feeling obligated to think or act in a certain way is not the best route to go when making hard decisions. More often than not, what you think others want you to do and what you actually need to do are the complete opposite. Consider all the factors. Take charge of your own mind and make the decisions that benefit you in the short and long term.

4. Advise Yourself as If You’re Advising a Friend

It seems as if we are all Oprah or Dr. Phil when it comes to helping others figure things out; but when it comes to our own lives, we feel like Bozo the Clown. When you are having a conversation with a friend, listen to yourself! I can bet that if you follow the advice you give others, some decisions won’t be as hard as you’re wanting to make them.

5. Realize That Sometimes Making No Decision Is The Best Decision

When you feel the fire under your feet, sometimes not reacting is best. Cloudy judgement, multiple opinions, and false realities can cause you to choose of out fear and not logic. Every now and again, before you make a big decision, think about what could happen if you stay still. Just like having no answer is an answer, making a decision not to move is also an answer. Either way, you’re still taking action. Remember, take a moment to breathe before you act or react. The decisions you make today affect your tomorrow more than you know. Relax! You have more than enough wisdom to work with

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