Make Good Decisions       


Life is about making good decisions and those decisions are essential to Happy Living. 

It is the second pillar of each of my coaching programs. Eat Real Food, Make Good Decisions and Be Accountable.


The decisions you make today affect you, your family, the people around you and they can have either short-lived or long-term consequences.  So, you want to make the best possible decisions, right?


According to Google, research from multiple sources on the Internet shows that we make the approximately 35,000 impulsive, logical and complex decisions every day. Phew, that’s a lot of decision making!


Of course, many of those decisions are simple ones like what am I going to wear to work or do I want tea or coffee, that probably won’t have a significant effect on your entire life.  Though I’ll admit for some of us picking an outfit isn’t so easy.


Other decisions you make every day can affect the life you live in the future.   Your choice of career, spouse, and financial decisions are the first that come to mind.  But what about the small, seemingly harmless decisions that you make on a daily basis?  You choose to drink water instead of soda, eating an apple with lunch instead of chips, salad over a burger. 


These decisions may seem insignificant at the time but think about what would happen, 5 years down the road from now if you chose poorly? You’d gain a lot of weight, have less energy, and possibly have health issues. 


Let’s think about some lifestyle decisions.  Consider this scenario.  You have a good job have the potential to move up in the company.  You’re preparing for a big meeting and your friends want you to go out with them tonight.  You know that they stay out too late and drink too much wine.  (Good wine, I hope.)  You don’t really want to go but you don’t want to disappoint your friends., either.  What do you do?


For some people, that’s an easy decision but for others, it’s not.  Let me make it easy.


 6 Steps to Good Decision Making

  1. Before you can make a good decision, you need to understand the situation that requires your decision. Sounds like a no-brainer but if you are unclear about the situation could unknowingly cause you to make a poor decision.                                                                 

  2. Breathe and get yourself into a good mindset. Your mindset can make or break your ability to make a good decision.  It’s essential when making quick decisions like should I have a salad or a bowl of cream for lunch and when making more complex decisions like should I buy a new car?                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  3. Gather relevant information. Most decisions don’t require a lot of research but they do require you to think about the options for your decision. Bigger, more life-altering questions research can provide you with the pros and cons and more often than not the best decision becomes clear.  Ask the advice others who have made similar decisions.                                                                                             

  4. Identify your options or alternatives. Most of the decisions we make have more than one option.  Once you’ve figured out your options weigh the evidence and consider the risks.  And the rewards.                                                                                                                                                     

  5. Learn to trust yourself.  Happy Living incorporates making good decisions into your lifestyle so listen to your gut.  What is your intuition, your inner voice, telling you?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

  6. Make your decision with confidence and Take Action!


Evaluate and change course if necessary.  That’s what I’m here to help you do!


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