What makes a decision good? It is not uncommon to be confused while making decisions. In fact, many of us keep second-guessing whether we made the right choice after actually making the choice.
The “fear of missing out” or “FOMO” culture is highly provoked by our social networking sites, it creates a mental pattern which then applies itself on to our real lives. Even though the outcome of our decision is just fine, sometimes it is difficult to not think about how the outcome would be with the other decision.
In these cases, I often tell myself, if a decision is good it will lead you to a good outcome and if it is bad then it will lead you to learnings and better opportunities. Bad decisions are only bad if you intentionally make it in the hope of an outcome you know is not possible.
Sometimes it is easy to make decisions based on functional needs – the benefits, the outcomes – the logical way. The emotional burden of the decision often comes when it is time to execute the decision. It is the blend of the emotional and functional that decide the suitability of a decision. For example, a highly functional decision may take a toll on the emotions, thereby reducing productivity because of emotional chaos. On the other hand, a highly emotionally charged decision may not have any functional benefits.
It is extremely important to have a balanced view while taking decisions. One approach I love is to close my eyes, take a deep breath, think of the decision and do a quick body scan of feelings and energies. If any area in the body seems stiff, question it. The more in synch I am with my body regarding the decision, the likelier I am to be content with it.
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