Making tough decisions is not always easy. Some decisions are simple and don’t affect a lot, while others are life changing. Personally, my ability to make decisions varies on where I am. Professionally, making decisions seems to come easy. Maybe it’s because it’s part of my job, but I’m not sure. With matters that are a little more personal, it’s often harder or requires more research sometimes.
My dad offered advice to me during some of my most difficult decisions, and I’d like to offer that advice to you. It might prove useful or helpful in your daily decision-making or with those life altering decisions. Then, what’s the advice?
Listen to three areas within for making tough decisions.
HEAD: Listen to your head (a.k.a. brain). The epicenter of where most of your thinking comes from, your brain provides logical reasoning to help make tough decisions. Don’t be fooled by the potential to overthink a decision. Your brain should align with the next two areas.
HEART: Listen to your heart. Your heart features attributes similar to your brain. I’ll speak to the news of a young man who got a heart from a person killed in an accident. The mother of the donor got a chance to meet the boy who received the heart of her son. She was certain that her son lived on because the recipient displayed similar qualities as her son. You know when your heart just isn’t into something, or just feels wrong. If your heart and brain don’t agree, something is off. Maybe we can find help from #3.
GUT: Listen to your gut (a.k.a. stomach). That gut instinct? Yes, it’s a thing. Sometimes you must go with your gut. Some people have gone as far as calling the gut the second brain, or the third brain (for those who believe the heart acts as a brain as well). It’s true that the gut does crazy things when tough situations arise. Feeling nervous? Your stomach can help remind you of that. The gut is another area to look to help you make decisions.
Ideally, all three of these areas align and help formulate the best decision for you.
Feedback from other people is great at times. But then it is up to you to digest the advice and decide for yourself. Sometimes you just need to wait a bit longer, and the best decision will shine through. In any event, hopefully, this advice helps lead you to a great decision.
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