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Bad Decision

Avoiding bad decisions

How many of you have made a bad decision in your lives? Of course the answer is “all of us!” There’s not too many other feelings as bad as the regret you feel after making a terrible decision.

Making a bad decision can affect you and many other people for a long time, especially if it involves a great deal of money or matters of the heart. So, the question is, how do we keep from making bad decisions? The answer can be as simple or as complicated as we want to make it. Choosing a bad meal at a restaurant can be a learning experience – not a pleasant one – but you’ll never order that menu item again. It’s a short-lived experience that has few ramifications.

But, let’s say you just bought a new car or house. It’s too late to back out of the decision and you already regret signing the papers. Now you are stuck with your choice.

Most people make decisions based on emotions or other outside factors such as time, peer pressure, and personal bias. While these things certainly have a place in your decision making process, most people don’t know how to rein them in so they don’t control the decisions you make. Just because we want something doesn’t mean we should get it.

One simple question you can ask yourself before making any decision that may have a lasting impact is; “Do I really need this or do I just want it?” If you are honest with yourself this one question can dramatically improve the quality of your decisions. Distinguishing between a true Need and a Want is one of the most important fundamental factors to sound decision making. Once you sort out what it is you truly need and what you want, it is much easier to allow some of the emotional factors back into the decision making process.

We hear some pretty horrific stories about making a bad decision. Without fail, the common denominator is letting the heart instead of the mind control the process.

Whether you are choosing a mid-day snack or buying a high ticket item, remember to ask this simple question, “Do I really need this or do I just want it?” Then, follow it up with one more question, “What will be the consequences if I choose this option?”

Chances are you will increase your batting average for making good decisions and improve your ability to sleep well at night.

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