From The Positive Perspective.......
When you make a choice, whether it is about what clothing to buy, what to have for dinner or whether or not to get married, all these choices impact your life. For how long that decision will impact your life and the multitude of choices to consider in that decision can influence how long you spend making that decision.
All of us at the age of 18 and older have a very important choice to make in early November. Yes, everyone has their views and their opinions but I want to impress upon you the privilege it is to be able to be a part of the voting process. I am honored to live in a country where I am able to participate in the process of choosing its leader, as not all countries work that way. No matter which candidate you support, please choose to vote on Election Day.
When decisions are relatively small and you have determined that the choice will not have a large impact on your life 5 days from now or 5 years from now then you probably do not need to spend a great deal of time making that decision. Examples of these choices could be, whether to park in this aisle of the parking lot or that aisle; whether or not to meet your friends for dinner this evening or which brand of rice to purchase at the grocery store. Ask yourself if you can make these types of choices quickly. If you can, than the amount of time spent deciding is most likely appropriate to its impact on your life.
When decisions are larger and the choice will still impact your life significantly 5 days from now and/or 5 years from now, put aside the extra time to consider the pros and cons of each choice. I encourage you to put the list in writing if you can. Seeing the options visually can give you a tremendous advantage in making that decision. For example, if you are deciding whether or not to relocate your family or get a new job, brainstorm all the options and keep them in a place where you can refer to them often so as to add items to the list when you think of them. Once you feel the list is pretty well complete, sit down and discuss those options with any other parties involved in the decision. This is a time to educate each other on what you feel is important in making that choice. I encourage you to allow all parties to be heard, especially those whose lives are impacted by the choice as well. Taking the extra time to make the decision can be the difference between making a mistake and making the right choice.
Once you have made the choices, whether large or small, it is important to own that decision for what it is and be able to take any consequences that come with it. If your friends are upset that you did not join them for dinner, it's nice to be wanted but you did what you thought was best with the information you had at the time. If the economy goes downhill after you have made an investment decision, understand that you made the best choice with the information you had, learn from the experience and possibly take more time with the next decision.
So how did you do? If you feel you make generally good choices in your life, congratulations. If you feel you need more work in being confident in your power to make good choices, give me a call. Remember that it helps if you look at this topic From The Positive Perspective.......