How to Skip Bad Decisions That Linger Forever

By Sandy Schroeder

Every day we make about 70 decisions, according to researchers. Many are routine choices. But a few decisions are so big their impact lingers year after year.

You may have seen this play out as someone relocates in the wrong area or chooses the wrong career. Others fail to maximize potential. On the plus side, some people have a gift for making great decisions. A friend of mine from school days is now a respected judge. He executed every decision perfectly.

Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services many Fortune 500 companies, tackles many provocative work health issues. Recently he looked at the critical nature of major decisions, suggesting some great strategies.

Speak Up and Be Clear

Sometimes, as we grow up, we learn to be quiet, stuffing anger, fear, frustration or sadness into emotional pockets. Those feelings are not gone. They will surface at the worst possible moment.  If you feel you have been poorly treated or misunderstood, speak up. Be calm, and be clear. Open discussion can be amazing, airing everyone’s thoughts and reactions. You may not get exactly what you want, but you might have a much better shot at it.

Make Your Own Decisions.

Blindly following someone else’s advice, could cost you relationships, property, or health. You could compromise your values.  No one knows as much as you do about your life. Collect the opinions of respected sources, but make the end result your considered decision.

Keep Friends and Family Close

In a hectic society, it is easy to buzz in and out of communications, or simply lose touch. I have a group of friends from college who have always stayed in touch.  It has been absolutely amazing to share experiences as we all swirled about.

Avoid Always Placing Work First

I have known many people who went straight to the top. They worked incredibly hard. But some of those people lost sight of what all of those hours away could do to their family and friends. Later, when they looked around they were wildly successful, and quite alone.  Enjoy success. Just make sure you balance the effort with time for everything.

Permit Yourself to Enjoy Every Moment

It is possible to be too dedicated, too stoic, and too busy. It is easy to push aside everything but immediate goals. We promise ourselves we will savor those sunsets, hiking or sailing, just as soon as we finish the next project. But then life changes, and opportunities evaporate. Enjoy every moment as it happens.

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