Making Decisions Can Be Excruciating – Here Are 5 Tips To Help

When talking about the troubles of life, I often refer to them in analogies – the bumps in the road, the curve balls life throws at us, or the hurdles we have to jump over. Sometimes, when we come across these hiccups, it comes with the need to make a decision. You might need to decide if you leave your job for another. You might need to think twice about buying that dress you’ve been eyeing in the store window. You may need to figure out if one medical treatment is better than another.

It seems like there are decisions all around us. Many decisions require quick thinking. Do I pull over at the gas station to use the restroom or wait for the next rest stop miles down the road? Do I interrupt my lunch with a friend to take a phone call? Do I nod and say hi to the stranger walking past me on the sidewalk? Each of these requires an instant decision.


It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.

~ Anthony Robbins

What about those incidents that require more thinking? Those that need you to look deep inside your heart and soul to determine what it is you really want in life. Those that can be life altering. How do we decide?

• Do Your Homework – If you had an opinion paper due in school, you’d gather all the facts and details needed to help you arrive at your opinion. The same would be true for any life decisions. Gather those facts and details!

• Weigh Your Options – What is Plan A, B, and C? Take a look at each options and . . .
Make A Pro/Con List – What are the benefits and consequences of each plan? From there, prioritize what’s most important to you with each list made.

• Play The What-If Game – When your decision can be life altering, don’t forget to look at the worst case scenarios.

• Ask Others For Their Opinion – Don’t be afraid to ask around. If it’s for medical advice, seek out different medical professionals. If it’s about moving to another state, make sure you factor in your families desires.

• Dig Deep Into Your Heart – More often than not, you already have your decision made. You know which outcome you are leaning toward. Don’t discount where your heart leads you.

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The Voice

By Shel Silverstein

There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

“I feel that this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong.”

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you – just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.

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