Good Sunday morning, everyone! Each of us make hundreds of choices each day. Starting with what to have for breakfast. What to wear today. So, most are inconsequential, but some choices are significant. No matter your choices, one after the other, they have gotten you to where you are today.
In other words, your life right now is the result of all your choices combined. Choices got you where you are, and choices will keep you there.
You are not alone, every single person on earth must make choices in life. The sad thing is a lot of people make choices without knowing they have made a choice. How? Because they chose to do nothing. That’s a choice, too! They think that is choosing the safe way out. But they are really betting their whole future on the past.
At times, we can put off making a decision because we don’t want to make the wrong one. When in reality there is no "wrong" decisions. If you break down the term "wrong decision" what it really means is, you didn’t get the result that you wanted.
We often think we know what we want and what is right for us. It can be helpful to not get to attached to an outcome as a result of a decision. Start by being open to alternative outcomes.
If you over think a decision it is easy to over complicate and making it harder than it has to be. A good way to overcome over-analyzing a decision is to get your thoughts out of your head and on to paper.
And then we have the head vs heart issue. You don’t want to be so ruled by your heart that all logic goes out the window, yet you don’t want to only be ruled by the ‘facts’ because your gut instinct is very powerful.
I’m sure we have all had a situation in our life where we have felt like we were about to make a bad decision, yet logically our ‘feeling’ didn’t make sense and we went ahead anyway. A few weeks later it didn’t work out and we are mentally screaming, “I knew that was a bad idea!”
One thing I have noticed is that our “gut instinct” feelings do not go away. Where feelings associated with “pleasure” can be fleeting. So, before you jump into making a decision based on a feeling of any kind, try letting it linger and see if it disappears.
Let’s end with the Three C’s of Life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a Choice to take a Chance or your life will never Change.
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Sherri M. Askren is president of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone: 442-3512