Letting circumstances decide our fate is hardly the best way to get the most out of life’s opportunities.
Luckily, there’s more to good decision-making than merely going with your gut.
When you know how to do it, the hard choices seem almost clear-cut.
1. The mind-body connection
You can’t make a good choice on a bad day.
When you find yourself too anxious to analyze things, shift gears. Go for a run. Go to sleep.
Resetting your body often opens your mind to a new perspective.
2. You first
Think about who you are.
As Roy E. Disney, nephew to Walt and the man often credited with revitalizing the family business, once said, “When your values are dear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”
Also a factor: how people close to you will be affected by the choice.
Do not, however, use others as an excuse to head down the wrong path (for example, “I have to save for the kids’ college fund; therefore, I must accept this 80-hour-a-week job”).
3. Accept the unknown
It’s natural to want to figure out all the what-ifs before taking the plunge, but like calculating pi to 1,000 places in your head, it simply can’t be done.
The sooner you accept that there will always be some degree of risk involved in your choice, the more confidence you will have in making it.
Don’t act impulsively, but also don’t wait so long that you can’t make the choice yourself.”