Decisions, we are making them almost every minute of every day, some are important, some seem not so important.
What makes a good decision ?
In my experience, a good decision is one that
- You made, rather than allowed for events to just take their natural course;
- You considered everything you could given the time constraints ;
- You focused on the result you were seeking;
- You commit to making work; and
- You never look back on and say “I wish that . . .”
To these last 2 points needs some expansion. In my opinion the only “bad” decisions are ones, once made, you fail to pursue at anything less than 100%. Backing off, letting things just happen rather than going for what you want only leads to diminution of the desired results.
With decisions, regret is the yang to commitment’s yin.
That does not mean that you shouldn’t reflect and build the consequences and outcomes into your experience bank. If I put a salt into my coffee and experience the incredibly bad taste (IMO) I should be smart enough to not do it a second time.
Time can seem to be the enemy of decisions,
If I wait just a little more time, . . . “
Unfortunately a decision can only be made with the information you have at the time. Not deciding, whilst a legitimate course of (in)action can, at times, reduce your options to the point where only one possible outcome is left.
Time is also the friend of decision making
To quote my father (who turns 73 soon);-
“The decision to join the RAAF was the best decision I ever made. Apart from the opportunities the RAAF provided me I also met this lovely young woman in the Women’s RAAF ( The WRAAF as it then was ) , . . .who after a difficult romance became Nanna — but not immediately.”
You can only know, retrospectively, the consequences of a decision that you make, there is no 100% fool proof way of predicting an outcome, and you would indeed be a fool if you thought that everything you did was going to turn out perfect
So to finish up, I sometimes get asked to talk to folks about changes in their career, there is only one bit of advice I give.
“In the end only you can decide what will and will not make you happy, there are no bad decisions if you commit to the decisions you make.”
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