I’ve been working on finding a way to make better decisions, and I’m having some luck working with the “Pros and Cons” method. It simply means making a list of both the good points and the bad things about what you are considering. While it sounds quite simplistic, it really has helped me to think through the possible consequences of a course of action, and understand that sometimes, while I may want something quite badly, now is not the time.
Making smart decisions is more than doing what you want. It means looking at both sides of a course of action and weighing the consequences of each side. It really isn’t an informed decision if you haven’t considered both sides of an issue. If I want to make a smart choice, then I need to know what I’m going to be sacrificing in order to get what I want. That way I can determine whether it’s worth it or not.
Simplistic, yes, working with this method is certainly that, but that doesn’t make it less effective. I’ve had some hard choices to make this past couple of months, as I know you have too. Looking at both sides of the issue has made me more confident of my choices…and that’s brought me some peace of mind.