If you’re about to make a big, life changing decision and you are trying to seek help to guide you; you have landed on the wrong page. This page is full of vague and generic guidelines that sound intelligent but are probably not useful. It is the kind of information you are expected to nod your head to but forget as soon as the conversation is over. But you seem kind of desperate so let’s move on.
It is very understandable that making a decision is very difficult for many individuals. After all, most big decisions require taking risks, and not many are willing to take those risks and face the consequences of their decisions. It is important to remember though, that taking risks and making smart decisions can eventually lead you to make great changes not only in your life but in others as well. These could be great and epic decisions that change your life for the better or the worse.
If you are in a decision making process of something as simple as what you are going to wear or eat today, don’t overthink too much. Generally, covering your private areas and not eating poison is a good way to move forward.
When it comes to clothes, the best attitude is to take into consideration what Harvey Specter said in the series Suits: “Your appearance is just as important as your talent.” Do not overdress but don’t under dress either. You don’t know who you will be meeting or who you might need to impress today, and this can either make or break you. But of course, if you work in a construction site under the hot sun you might not want to put on a suit, lest you get a heat stroke and end up in hospital where you just might meet the man or woman of your dreams; in which case you’d want to be in a suit, which coincidentally is the reason you are in hospital in the first place. Life is often a vicious irony.
For your food, just think of the future. Will daily intake of super oily bacon on huge burgers have a good effect on your health in the long run? Do you think you’d still be as strong as you are today compared to your body ten years from now? You are what you eat so you might as well consider that as well. No jokes here, because this is serious.
For riskier choices and bigger things that you need to decide on, a more complicated yet still quite simple decision making process is involved. These decisions could be anything like whether it’s time to quit your low-paying but stable job and apply for a new one without a guarantee of stability or whether you should purchase your dream car when you already have a simple sedan that still functions well or begin applying for a mortgage so that you can finally live in your own home. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide that you can take into consideration. Please note that I would personally not follow these generic guides, but whether you want to do so or not is a choice that you will have to make:
- Set a time limit or a deadline for you to finally make a decision. Without doing so, you might make instant decisions later on without really thinking about it.
- Determine whether something is a “need” or just a simple “want”. Especially if this involves your finances such as buying a new gadget that you don’t really need, take time to question yourself whether it’s something you can afford. Sometimes you may feel like you need to reward yourself because you deserve it but then, do you really need this now? You can reward yourself with something even better later on anyway.
- Seek advice from someone you trust like your parents, your reliable best friend, your boss or a mentor. It is better if you get a “second opinion” from a trusted person who you believe has made very good decisions in the past. But of course, their decisions would probably have been made in completely different circumstances. So make it a point to listen to their inputs, but do not take their inputs as commands.
- Write down pros and cons. This may sound like it would take too much effort but writing down will help you a lot in the decision making process. Weigh your options and decide from there if it’s worth the risk.
So as promised, we end this article leaving you in no better position to make any decision, simple or otherwise. The fact, is that nobody can help to to predict the future and the World is round, so gravitational forces aside – it could technically roll in any direction. The most updated information that you use to make a critical decision today, could become obsolete information tomorrow. In fact, it will become obsolete information at some point of time. It could already be obsolete when you used that information to make your decision. There is almost no such thing as “evergreen” information. Even established theories in science are being proven to not hold true in every circumstance.
So good luck to you, my friend.
But while you are here, please give our random decision maker application a try. The link to the application ought to be easy enough to find.