Make Good Decisions

Vlad Nov • June 11, 2021

Have you ever had to make a tough decision? Maybe it’s whether or not to take the new job offer, move across town into your own apartment with no roommates, and really focus on finishing school. For me this was one of those times where I didn’t know which way my future self would go - introverted or extroverted. Sometimes life changes quickly but there are always pros and cons for each option we have in front of us when making these decisions that seem impossible at first glance!

Many people have to make difficult decisions when it comes to jobs. In the past, I’ve had offers from three different companies that seemed perfect on paper but weren’t right for me. It was a tough decision at first because they all offered something unique and exciting in their own way; however after some careful consideration of what I could potentially gain or lose with one company versus another, everything became clearer as my future self began appearing before me more vividly than ever - and now I’m feeling confident about where this new chapter is going!

It seems like you’re stuck in one of two worlds: either it feels good to make pro-con lists and nothing else, or everything is a difficult decision. I want to share my favorite tools for thinking so that these thoughts can enrich your life! Here are the three things I recommend with examples why they work well below. To start off, there’s brainstorming which helps generate creative ideas by coming up with as many options as possible before choosing between them later on. Brainstorming works best when people “freely associate” without judgment about what might be unfeasible because an idea may not seem realistic at first glance but could lead somewhere better if we’re willing to think outside of our box just this once.

Many individuals are pulled in a lot of directions at once, and this often leaves them feeling frustrated because they never feel like they have enough time to do everything. The first question you want to ask yourself when considering new opportunities is “does it align with my interests?” One thing that many people forget about careers is the chance for personal development - looking out over your life from now until retirement can help determine what job will give you satisfaction. When thinking about jobs, also consider whether or not there would be an opportunity for growth and advancement as well as how much autonomy one may get on a daily basis if hired into said position; both factors play large roles in determining happiness while working day-to-day but don’t always make up salaries alone.

Ever wonder what your future might hold? It can seem like a scary, uncertain place. We do not know if our decisions will lead us to the life we want or away from it; yet in order to make good choices today- and any day for that matter -we need to envision both outcomes as easily as possible. Research shows that imagining positive and negative outcomes helps you identify obstacles, predict reasons for success, eliminate regrets about potential paths not taken along with other roadblocks on this journey of ours. So how does one go about visualizing these things?

Step 1: Choose an outcome (positive or negative) Step 2: Imagine yourself reaching your desired destination by taking various routes depending on what happens

What if you knew about all the possible ways that your life could play out? What would it be like to mentally travel in time and explore every twist, turn, success story or failure scenario with complete awareness of what each one entails? Mental trips are a great way for people who want to make their lives better. With this technique you can imagine positive future outcomes as well as negative ones; envisioning obstacles helps us identify them so we know how best to eliminate them before they arise. It also allows us more opportunities at predicting why things may succeed (and fail). Research shows that when anticipating the potential pitfalls our brain produces 30% more reasons for why something might not go according to plan.

And that’s why you need to evaluate the decisions.