How to Make Smart Decisions with No Regrets
By Sandy Schroeder
As we spin through life, most of us have a few decisions that we regret. Sometimes we can try again and reap the right results, but not always. Actually, it’s best to learn how to make the right decisions the first time. Psychologists from Lifehack tell us there are three things that will help us make the right decisions.
Know Who You Really Are
If we really dig deep and insist on being honest with ourselves, we know who we are. We may love structure, hate numbers, or dread confronting others. Or, we may insist on free form, juggle numbers easily, and find it fairly easy to speak up about our rights. The important thing is to know what makes you tick and then base your decisions on that reality.
Find Your Own Viewpoint
Do you often tell yourself that peak successful level is just not obtainable? So you settle for what happens, never really pushing for those ultimate dreams. A friend of mine who powered a small business into a goldmine, often said, “If you don’t ask, the answer is no.” She always made a point of asking all of the questions.
I have known other people who are smart and talented, but way too good at summarizing their faults. They may feel they are not good at handling money, or fat just runs in their family. Whatever the problem, from finances to diets, they often quickly sabotage themselves, instead of just going ahead and working on the issue.
Take a good look at what you believe, and make sure that viewpoint is helping you stay positive.
Make Your Own Decisions
Often the things our parents, friends or co-workers tell us may greatly influence what we do.
If you have major decisions to make about relationships, education, careers or jobs, ask yourself why you are making the choices you are making. Are you making choices based on who you are, and what you want out of life, or are you passively agreeing with what society suggests you should do?
I have watched individuals make career decisions, get the right degree, and settle into a job that really did not fit what they wanted to do at all. Some of them have said, “Wait a minute!” Then they had to take more courses, and redo all of that effort to get where they really wanted to be. Others just kept going, sometimes living out their dreams in their hobbies, wishing they had done it differently.
A friend of mine who proved to be rather wise always said, “You only go around once, make sure you do it right.” Over the years, I realized how right he was.
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