How to think about Decisions?

Decision making. How do you make good decisions? Good choices that align well with your priorities for faith, family, work, finances, friendship and health? I am aware that many of us make decisions, based upon whether something feels right or good. Others pull a big life decision through a grid of girlfriends and a few coffees or wines, hoping that you might reach a good decision by consensus. Others are even tempted, and I am sure you have seen this in action, to decide via Facebook input. Depending on the number of likes and comments that come via your social media network of choice you will make a decision.

Many of us haven’t analysed how we decide about who we will marry, how many kids we will have, whether to work or not, go for that career advancement, make a new investment, when to take a holiday, how to give to charity, whether we should renovate, rent or build a new house, buy a new car, boat or gadget. You get the picture. Sometimes we are simply influenced by the community or network around us into making decisions just like our peers. We keep up with the “Jones family” without realising that is what we are doing. And we are stressed, unhappy and discontent as a result.

In an ideal world we would all have clear priorities for life, a supportive network of friends and confidants who can encourage us or challenge our thinking, a faith framework that ultimately guides our approach to decision making and an awareness of our self that allows us to see where we might be investing poorly. But there reality is we can seldom tick all of these boxes.

Perhaps you would like to start thinking about life and how you could do life better. How do you think about decision making?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

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