Have you ever played the game “Would you Rather?”
Would you rather… •Ride a moped across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope or go over Niagara Falls in a barrel?
•Go left where nothing is right or go right where nothing is left?
•Go back in time and meet your ancestors (pre 1800’s) or forward in time and meet your great grandchildren (post 2200’s)
Would you rather are almost always funny or absurd scenarios for which there is no right answer. Because it’s just a game.
Real life however, requires decisions all the time. Some require little or no thought (“Paper or plastic?”). But some decisions feel HUGE and require research and deliberation.
Every important decision usually involves a trade-off. Knowing what you can’t pursue is as valuable as knowing what you can. How do you decide? Here are some things to consider when you have to make a decision. •Ask yourself, “Who will it affect and what does my heart tell me?
•Let go of fear. Know there is no “right” or “wrong” decision. Any decision is better than indecision.
•Ask yourself three questions before diving into something new or daunting:
What’s the worst that can happen?
How likely is that to happen?
Can you deal with it?
•If you find that you have to talk yourself into something, it’s usually a bad decision. Good decisions feel right without much second-guessing.
•Align your actions with your life purpose and personal values; then it’s much easier to know the direction that’s right for you.
So whether your challenge is big or small, affects many people or just one, my advice is to reflect on past decisions, good or bad, each teaches a lesson. To learn by your mistakes is key, but don’t forget your triumphs, they are just as important.