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How Do You Know If You're Making The Right Decision?

Updated on October 30, 2019

It's easy to assume that the right decisions will lead to the desired outcome.

The flaw in this thinking is that the desired outcome depends on many, many different variables (many of which you might not know about) beyond your decision making.

Therefore, it's possible to make all the right decisions and arrive at an outcome other than what was desired.

I have always had gut reactions (intuition) & then my brain would muddle things up. So, I went back to trusting my intuition & for me it's turned out really well.

What is your gut telling you? Intuitively we are all born with a built in warning system. Some people go all their lives without being in or courting danger. Why is that? Because they listen when their gut tells them something is amiss & they avoid whatever that thing is.

I learned this in school (behavioral health focused): win/win vs. win/loose is the healthy mindset to have, when making decisions.

Meaning …no matter the outcome of your decision; as long as YOU are making a decision with YOUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND (*never be willing to step on others, in order to do so*), you win.

Beware that "You can't make decisions based on the fear and the possibility of what might happen." - Michelle Obama

But try your best to "Trust your instincts, and make judgments on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you." - David Gemmell, Fall of Kings

And always remember; "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

If you're a believer, pray on it; and ask God to help you.

Trust your gut/intuition.

Be honest with yourself, about the situation.

Do your research.

Bounce ideas off of an authority, on the matter.

Act, do NOT react.

Be realistic, about your expectations.

Make a pros/cons , best case scenario/worst case scenario.

Have a back-up plan.

And always remember, you can choose again …where there is life, there is hope.

At times people generally regret about making late or no decision at all. The main reason for this is the question you are asking.

If you think that your choice will give you satisfaction and power to suppress your mind about doubting the choice then go for it.

Thus, go with whatever you find to be the best plan, decision or step and wait for its output.

There is an uncertainty in this thing but then this is how you will learn. This is how you will gain wisdom and experience. And this is how you will get better and better at making decisions.

In summation, no matter the outcome, as long as you come away from the experience, having learned something; you have NOT wasted your energy/time/resources. Do NOT equate practice with perfection; practice leads to proficiency. Only God is perfect. Also, on the road to “the right decision", there are often several “mini-decisions": having a concrete goal, from the onset; constructing a plan; building resiliency; being patient; having a healthy support system, and being willing to take risk …these are ALL vital to bringing your “right decision", to fruition.

My personal advice is always develop sensitivity to your heart….listen to it, it is possible to feel what your cellular conscious is communicating, the soul is a subtle reflection of the body…. The heart ( and Vegas nerve that run said through it) are very good communicators of feelings, and feelings are wonderful guides if listened to with a clear perspective. All of these things take faith and honing of skills, but what’s more important in life than making the right choices?

The way to know you've made the right decisions, to me, is what you're left with over time: peace of mind, a healthy relationship with those you love, being happy with who you are all examples of the mark of a series of good decisions.

You know you've made a bad decision or a series of bad decisions when you don't like where your life is at and you wish you could start over.

You can always start over .

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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