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How to Make An Important Decision

Updated on February 12, 2009
Have a huge decision to make, or perhaps just a small, simple one?  First of all, calm down and think about the situation logically. Quiet your nerves or your racing mind, use your favorite de-stressing technique, and get ahold of your emotions. A big decision is tough enough to make without you freaking out about it and having wild emotions or crazy thoughts! Step2 Secondly, think logically. Think about you, your life situation, finances, and what you want out of life now and in the future. Would this decision help you get there? Remember that this is reality, the "real world", and that you can't always prepare for everything in advance. But you can know yourself well enough to know if you're just dreaming or if you're seriously motivated to get what you want. You are smart; smart enough to see what changes this decision may bring to you & your life down the road, even if you can't foresee everything. Step3 Be motivated! If this decision will require huge changes in your lifestyle or routine (like marriage, for example), will you be open to all that change? Are you willing to work hard to make your dreams come true? Making a big decision is usually just the beginning; you will still need to work hard to make your dreams a reality.  Advice: 
  • Remember that anything worth having is worth working hard for.
  • If you're religious, praying about a big decision will not only help you see God's path for you, but will also give you peace and an ease of burdens.
  • Remember that you're a smart & logical human being (at least most of the time). You can imagine what this decision will make your life look like, here and in the future.
  • Be willing to live with the consequences of your decisions and actions, and don't look back! If a decision didn't bring what you thought it would, make the best of it, learn from it, and move on!
  • Do not doubt yourself, your intelligence, or your ability to get what you want. Do not let anyone ever make you think that you don't deserve what you want.
  • Life is not set in stone. As humans, we make mistakes daily. You may fail; you may hurt someone else accidentally. Fess up, make it right, learn from it, and move on with your life. Chaulk it up as a learning experience and next time you'll know better.


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      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'm glad that you pointed out about calming down. Pull away and let it sit for awhile. I don't think that any decision made in the spur of the moment ever had any good come out of it.


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