We have all had easy and difficult decisions to make in life. Just yesterday I had to make the decision whether I should stay in my current job or accept a new offer where I would make almost double what I’m making today. My decision was to stay where I am. Some of you reading this might think I’m crazy, especially in today’s economy, but it all has to do with how prepared you are to take on this task called decision making. In my case, it had to do with losing much of the flexibility I have in my current job. I didn’t want to become a prisoner of corporate America. Have you ever felt like this picture below?
Making decisions can be a stressful task for many but what we must understand is that it is a part of life that we will never be able to get away from as long as we live. However, making those critical decisions does not have to overwhelm, stress or worry you. If your personal values and rules are in place, the decision making process should be as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Now the question becomes, are your values and rules in place? This is what is going to make the difference between the decision making process being easy or hard so let’s start with that.
You know yourself better than anyone else on the face of the earth. Therefore, you know what your likes, dislikes and tolerations are. If you do not know what these are, you need to take some time to sit, relax and start thinking about this and making note of what it is that you want in life. How do you want to look, do you want to be healthy, rich, etc.? Once you have all this figured out, you need to establish rules to get you there. For example, if you decide you want to be healthy, you need to set rules stating that you cannot eat crappy foods. You know what’s best for you whether or not society accepts or approves that.
Once you have your personal rules and values in place, the decision making process will be a breeze because you will immediately know if anything about the decision you are faced with violates one of your rules or values. If it does, the decision is pretty much made for you. In other words, it kind of becomes an automated process as you already have your filters in place to filter out what would not work for you and what would not.
As you can see, just getting to know yourself better will make lots of things in life much easier than they are for most people but just like anything else, it takes some work and effort on your part but once it’s all said and done, life will be more enjoyable and stress free!