Friday, March 2, 2012

Making Good Decisions

Decisions are not always easy to make and yet still so satisfying. I used to be afraid to make decisions and I preferred to have the person in charge responsible to make all the decisions, keeping me free and clear of any responsibility in case something would go terribly wrong.

Making decisions now is productive, satisfying and when done right, feels like I hit a home run. The best advice I ever got was, “If you are not sure about what decision to make, then don’t make it.” Take some time to review your options, get some research and when you are ready, and then make a more thoughtful decision. I use this lesson at home, at work and in all aspects in my life.

Learning to make good decisions came to me later in life. To me, in order to make a decision with confidence you need to do a few things

• Be thoughtful in your process
• Find a method that works for you – write a pros/cons list, talk to a friend, find professional help, your own method.
• Talk to others who have made similar decisions

Teaching my children to make good decisions is one of my life’s goals. I think that we take it for granted and assume that when kids grow up, they will just make good choices. This is not how it works. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children the process to make good decisions.

Like any good exercise, the more you do it, the easier it gets. With lots of practice and awareness, you will learn from others and then continue to make great decisions.

Good luck!

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