How many decisions have you already made today?
Ten? A hundred? Thousands?
Our lives are filled with choices, from the very moment we choose to open our eyes.
The multitude of simple every day decisions consume much of our energy and focus, and those important ones can stay with us for extended periods of time.
Success in my line of work comes when you are able to make numerous logical and mathematical decisions in a very rapid manner.
That being so, I’ve read up on and reflected extensively on the decision making process.
One of my favorite books on the the topic is “Blink”, by Malcom Gladwell, which posists that spontaneous decisions can often be better than carefully planned and considered ones.
While his research is great, and has helped me better understand the process, I think the best advice I’ve ever received on the topic was also the simplest.
When faced with two options, just flip a coin!
Now, this is not to simply relinquish your power and submit to randomness, but instead, it’s in that brief moment which the coin is in the air that you’ll know for what your heart truly desires.
And the truth is, when a decision is very tough to make, it’s usually because the options are actually very close. You’ve weighed the pros and cons extensively, but are still unsure of what to do.
While the repercussions of your choice may be long lasting, you just don’t have enough information available for the correct choice to make itself clear.
And most likely, you won’t until it’s too late.
So make your choice bravely, and worry not about regrets. Have faith that you’ve made the right decision with the information available at the time, and know that is all you could do.
If you’re going to worry, worry about getting those easy decisions right – the choice to be engaged, the choice to love, and the choice to be happy.