Three ways to avoid decisions you’ll regret later on – once and for all.
It’s painful, isn’t it? That moment when you’re kicking yourself yet again wondering why oh why oh WHY did I say yes to this?
And yet as downright crappy as that feeling is (and we all know it well, myself included), I have good news: with just a few minor adjustments in how we approach our decision-making, we can drastically reduce the amount of regret we feel in our lives. Isn’t that wonderful?! I couldn’t agree more. So let’s get started.
I hope that the following three (teeny tiny) tweaks to your habits and ways of thinking will help you to make more decisions in your life that you feel AWESOME about and fewer that you feel “eh…” about.
1) Take some time.
Why is it that so often we feel we need to give people an answer or make a decision right away? When we take a little time – whether that means an hour, a day, or a week – it gives us the space we need to arrive at a decision that’s aligned with our priorities, values, and goals. And alignment = no regrets.
2) “Try on” your options.
A friend of mine told me about this method a few years ago, and it hasn’t failed me since. If you’re making a difficult decision between two options, close your eyes and “try on” each one. Visualize how it will look and feel to live having said yes to that thing. Notice how your body feels. Is it relaxed? Or is it tense? Notice your mood as you visualize this potential future reality. More often than not your answer will become illuminated and crystal clear.
3) Listen to your gut.
Call it a feeling, call it intuition, call it the pit of your stomach, call it your inner voice – call it whatever you like. As most of us have learned from experience, when that intangible part of ourselves is telling us something isn’t a good idea – it’s usually right. So do yourself a favor – and really do your future self a favor. Listen.
Here’s to a life chock-full of intentional and “unregrettable” decisions!