By Kibet Tobias
Whether we like it or not, we have to make choices for ourselves on a daily basis. We chose what job to take, what to wear or eat, whether to get married and to whom, or even how to spend our money. Life is full of decisions.
Sometimes making choices on your own can be a tough thing. What happens if you make a bad decision? Most likely you will be unhappy and may regret it later. But it’s good not to live in fear. Once you start trusting your own thoughts and actions, you don’t need others to approve your decisions.
So here are a few things you should consider to make better decisions in your life.
1. Know what you want
Do you know what your goals are? For example, where do you want to be in the next 5 months?
In fact, knowing your goals is the best way to make better decisions.
According to Ms. Esther Kamau, a career coach at Corporate Staffing Services, people who don’t really know what they want in the first place may end up making bad decisions because they aren’t self-reflective.
So before you make a career choice, ask yourself if that’s the direction you want to go. Will it affect your life negatively? If the answer is against it, then you can always change it.
When you’re certain of what you want in your life, you will be able to make better and wiser choices.
2. Collect all the information and know your other options
Have you done enough research? Have you explored all the important information?
Think of a situation where you want to join a company yet you don’t really know what their culture is like. You are likey to be disappointed later when you realize that it wasn’t a good fit.
If you don’t want to go that way, conduct your search online by checking their website and social media platforms.
Use that information to make your choice.
3. Ask for advice, but make your own choice
If you’re in a difficult situation, don’t hesitate seeking advice from experts. This can be your mentor, counselor or experienced colleagues.
We all need each other in one way or another. So whether you’re making a decision about finances, your relationship, your job, or your general life, find a trusted friend to guide you. But always remember the path you’re about to take will directly affect you and you alone.
4. Trust your instincts
When you are confronted with tough choices, be objective in your decision-making process. Write down everything you’re thinking and why you think you’re feeling the way you do.
Once you hold an internal dialogue with yourself, everything else will clearly unfold. After all, no one else understands you and how you live your life.
So as much as you may want to ignore what your gut is telling you about the reality of the decision you have to make, always trust instincts.
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5. Make sure you are in the right state of mind
It has been psychologically proven that when you’re in a bad mood it is easy to make poor or wrong decisions.
Emotions are an integral part of our decision-making. You may not be able to make productive life-changing decisions when you’re hungry, sleepy or stressed. Your emotions at that particular time can seriously affect the outcome.
So before you decide on your next move always ensure you’re feeling comfortable and at ease.
You are not perfect! Wrong decisions are bound to happen. If you have made poor decisions in the past, that should prepare you for better decision making in the future. Find out what went wrong, analyze your process, and move ahead. Regret is unproductive!
Tobias is a Content Writer at Career Point Kenya. Got any related queries? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org