Sunday, October 12, 2014

How Do I Make a Decision?

Playing on my Spotify: Every Other Freckle by Alt-J
Where am I right now: Breakfast nook in the kitchen

When you are trying to make a difficult decision, bear the following points in mind:

  • Ask yourself if you will look back ad feel proud of yourself in a month, a year or 10 years from now. That should influence the choice you make
  • Think about the strategies you used when making decisions in the past. What worked and what didn't? Apply that information to your current decision
  • Try and quieten the voices around you and listen to your heart
  • Take your time. Rushed decisions are rarely good decisions. Do not act in haste.
  • Think about the impact it will have on others, especially those who we are closest to you
  • Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Few decisions are irrevocable –and living without risk is a life half lived. You can always learn from your mistakes.
  • Talk it over with people who know you well –and are willing to be honest and speak the truth (and who won't only say what you want to hear)
  • Ask yourself: What is the worst thing that could happen? What are the chances it will happen? And can I survive if it all falls apart?
  • Get as much information as possible. Try and see the problem from every angle, and think about every possible effect
  • Take time out and walk away from the decision. Opting for some space usually brings a new perspective
  • Be brutally honest with yourself. Don't sugar coat the truth or try and kid yourself
  • If you have to talk yourself into making a decision, then the chances are that it is not a good decision.

Malina Azman, x

Source: Online Counselling College

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