Easy Steps for Making Better Decisions

Decision making can be tricky.  We all make good and bad decisions, but their are tricks to making better decisions. 
  • Get into a positive state - There are many ways to achieve this - listen to music, dance, get out in the sunshine, take a nap.  Do what works for you.  We tend to make better decisions when our mood is good.
  • Grab a snack - Your brain uses a huge amount of glucose when making difficult decisions.  A healthy snack will give it a fresh supply of fuel.
  • Become distracted - A few moments of entertainment or pleasurable distraction will clear the decision from your conscious mind and allow your subconscious mind to work on it.  Your subconscious mind has the power to solve difficult problems if you let it.  With billions and billions of neurons, memories, and observations it is rich with information.
  • Sleep on it - This allows your brain to refuel, to rest, and gives your subconscious free reign.  Many great inventions, songs, and stories have come to the creators in a dream.
  • Pay attention to how you feel about your choices - Think back on your best decisions and put yourself there mentally.  How did your body feel?  Now think of a bad decision and do the same.  Reflect on your current decision, think of each possibility, and pay attention to how your body feels.  Which decision feels best?
Finally, even better than making good decisions is 'making decisions good.'  What's the difference?  The difference is that outcomes are usually a result of a series of decisions that lead to positive results.  Going to Harvard can be a bad decision if you rack up a lot of debt and never use the education.  Dropping out of college can be a great idea if  you do so to start a multi-billion dollar software firm. Make decisions that build upon your previous choices and make them even better.

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  1. What if I don't trust my decisions?


    1. Then you are still better of than I am.
      I can't think of a single situation where I had made the right decision.
      I am currently working on my life choices, and Dan with this blog is god-send.
      Why not join in ?
      And thank you Dan - for your wonderful blog!

  2. I've found that I make my best decisions (and am more capable of making them well--and quickly, which is often required in my job) when I have less mental clutter. Structuring my life so that I don't use all my mental resources on silly little decisions, like what to eat or what to wear, does a lot to help.

    I like the idea of backing away for awhile and coming back to it later. It's easy to over-think major decisions.