Which color paint will look good here?
Should I take the new exciting job, or stay in the safe one I have?
Should I RSVP yes, or have a quiet night in?
Should I get rid of that?
What should I wear tonight?
What should I have for lunch?
Every day is riddled with decisions!  How good are you at making them?
The first step to getting really good at making decisions is to be sure about where you stand on things.  What do you like?  What don’t you like?  Do you know?

A good way to find out is to keep a running list…label 2 columns in a regular notebook: like and dislike.

Note anything you think of.

Do this for a couple of weeks.

You may think the exercise is silly, and you know where you stand on things, but writing them down and acknowledging them can make your preferences clear to you.

By getting clear on where you stand on things, you have better information to make your decisions.

Knowing your most important values guides you, too.  What is most important to you?
For me, my highest priorities are:
My family.
Our health.
When I make decisions I take these 3 things into account.  If I am offered a job paying  a lot of money, but it will take me out of town a lot and limit my time with my family, I will decide it is not for me, because my family is my TOP priority.  If money, or success were my top priority, I would choose differently.  Because I know my family is important to me, this decision is not hard at all for me.  Even if the money is tempting, I know my answer.
Once we have made a decision, we need to take action.
Most of us know what we need to do, and why we need to do it.  Finding the motivation to take the first step can sometimes trip us up.
One of my favorite coaches and motivational speakers, Mel Robbins has introduced the
“5 Second Rule” that she explains in her top ranking TED talk:

“If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.”

Mel Robbins

She goes on to explain why this works.  “When you physically move, your brain starts to build new habits.  When you do something you are not used to doing, you are in the act of building new habits and erasing existing ones.”  Taking action within 5 seconds of being hit with the idea or inspiration will drastically reduce te possibility of your mind interfering with the decision or idea. Try it!  It works.

What decisions are you having trouble making?

Have you used or will you try any of these suggestions to know your heart and mind and make decision making easier?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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