Decision making. Whatever process you use to arrive at your decisions, your satisfaction with your decision will depend largely on whether you claim ownership of your choices. If you feel pressured into a choice or not in control of the conditions, you'll find even positive outcomes colored negatively. On the other hand, taking full responsibility for your choices can make even failure feel like a success -- you'll know you did your best and you'll have gained valuable experience for your invested time.
The important thing is to have a sound process for making decisions. Emotions are often unreliable, particularly with respect to how we will feel in the future. Going with instincts can be a start to the process, but still make sure you consider how the decision will apply to the current and future situations.
A process will help break the decision into smaller parts that can be managed within our cognitive limits. Various techniques and tools can also support the decision maker by reducing the number of required distinct thoughts. however, discipline is required to capture the information used during the process.
Experiment with different techniques to find a decision-making system that works best for you. Use wisdom in making a decision now to gain a positive outcome or reward later.
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