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Tough Choices: 5 Decision Making Skills and Techniques

 

Sometimes making a decision stinks. You may question yourself before arriving at a final conclusion, especially if you've made a few bad decisions in your past. Read our tips below to learn a few ways for weighing your choices.

1. Ask Yourself "What Will This Decision Mean in 5 Years?"

Put things in perspective so you don't get hung up on the small stuff. For instance, if I'm trying to choose between a cheeseburger and fries or a grilled chicken breast with veggies for lunch--not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Unless, of course, I decide to eat that cheeseburger every single day, then I won't be able to fit in the chair I'm sitting in right now. If a decision really won't affect your happiness or the happiness of others too drastically in 5 years, try not to dwell on it.

2. Match Your Decisions to Your Goals

Some decisions have longer lasting results and will affect your life for many years to come. These are the dilemmas that get so many of us stuck in life. So stuck, in fact, that sometimes we make no decision at all and live by default. We just wait until something happens to us.  If you know what you want your life to be like in the next several years, even loosely, write it down. When you have big decisions to make, whip that list out and take inventory. Does this decision align with where you want to be in several years? No? Ditch it!

3. Take Inventory of Your Feelings
 
If you sit still for just a moment, close your eyes and think, your intuition will guide you. Don't ignore your intuition. Many times, on paper, everything tells us option "A" is the way to go. But if your gut won't let you rest until you choose option "B," maybe your spirit is guiding you to something greater. As very busy, work-at-home women, we can't very often slow down to breathe, let alone meditate in silence. Even if you have to do it in the locked bathroom, get some quiet time to just think. It will do wonders.
 
4. Wait
 
We aren't talking forever, but some decisions make themselves. When our youngest started walking recently, I stressed over the decision to put her in preschool or daycare for a few days a week so I could work without having to worry about her getting into things. I dragged my feet, weighed some options, but couldn't really settle on a final decision. One morning I was on a conference call and my daughter walked up to me diaperless and handed me a gift. It was poop! In my hand! I had forgotten to re-diaper her before getting on my call. She started preschool two weeks ago.
 
5. Get Guidance
 
No matter how amazing we are (and we totally are!), it can help to ask friends, family or a life coach for outside perspective if you can't find any yourself. A fresh set of eyes may see a simple solution that escapes you when the pressure's on and you feel trapped between a rock and a hard place.

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About the Author: Amy Stewart-Wright is an 80' music listening, WAH rockin', outdoor loving, Moxie Momma who lives in North Carolina with her husband and 4 kids. Her dream and passion is to inspire thousands of women to find their passions and live their happiest life.

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