Decision making can be challenging and overwhelming, depending on the enormity of the decision and the amount of information we have.
The big decisions: buying a house, taking a job, health issues, choosing a spouse, having a child, choosing a school, facing retirement . . .
The not so big ones: redecorating, vacation, home repairs, an exercise program, entertaining. . .
How overwhelmed or frightened we feel by any decision, big or small, depends on our perspective, our personality, our resources, and a gazillion other things that tempt and distract us, including our own wishful thinking about how things ought to be.
The truth is we never have all the information we need to guarantee a right decision. We ask questions, we search the internet, we check with our friends, in our attempts to clarify the pros and cons of our alternatives.
Sometimes information gathering becomes our excuse for not deciding. There is always more to learn, more sources to discover, more reports to read, more feedback to check. Even with all of that, there is much more information out there for us to discover.
And still there is no guarantee we will decide correctly.
We have a choice: we can continue to gather data and delay the decision as long as possible, perhaps indefinitely, or we can set a deadline for ourselves (if someone or something has not already set it for us).
Once decision time arrives, we have to choose based on the information we have — knowing it is not complete, knowing there may be errors, knowing there may be things we’ve overlooked or didn’t know to ask about.
BOTTOM LINE: Do the best you can based on the information you have. At this moment in time there is nothing more than your best. And knowing you are doing your best, you can make your decision and move forward.
Don’t look back. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t “shoulda, coulda, didn’t.”
Remember, you did your best in that moment of decision. There was nothing more you could do.
As you implement your decision, there will be things you didn’t expect. Some will be good, some not so good. But that’s life. No decision is perfect. No decision goes exactly as you expected. Some things turn out better than you thought. Some things can be a set back.
You made your choice. Continue implementing the best you can.
Adjust your decision if necessary, while not regretting the initial decision. It was your best. Remember?
Until next Tuesday . . .