Suzy Welch is an editor for the Harvard Business Review . She developed a technique for making good decisions. This technique is based on paying attention to the immediate, medium, and long-term. Welch suggests that before making a decision, you filter it through the 10-10-10 rule. You should ask yourself: is this going to make me feel bad after 10 minutes? After 10 months? Or will I remember and regret it even after 10 years?
We all make decisions every day, whether for pleasure or obligation. If you look back at the things that bothered you a while ago, you will see that even your “bad” decisions have sometimes had good consequences. And a “good” decision may have unexpected consequences.
Accordingly, it is beneficial not to focus too much on which is the absolutely right decision. Instead, you should investigate all possibilities and / or possible consequences. Eventually, as you get into making the right decisions, you assume that you will be rewarded and punished for them in one way or another. And if you know the real world doesn’t work like that, why do you force yourself to submit to this dichotomy?
“In moments when you make a decision, you shape your fate.”
Don’t rise to extremes
As you make decisions, you must keep in mind that you can at least learn the decision-making lesson that comes with the process. You will also receive all of the lessons of your actual decision. It doesn’t matter whether the option you have chosen is the best or the worst. Often times, this assessment depends on the level of commitment you associate with it anyway.
Once you face the decision-making task, your intuition and feelings about the situation will likely guide you. If not, they will at least affect how you feel after the decision. When you have different options, it is natural that you have doubts about what is right or wrong. The only thing you can do about this is let the time go by. Only over time can you see what is happening and correct your decision if necessary.
Many decisions involve a hidden alternative: doing nothing. It’s hidden because some people think that choosing not to do anything is the same thing as not choosing at all. Nothing could be further from the truth. Choosing not to do anything is also a valid decision. It’s an option that isn’t bad in and of itself. Often it is sensible and allows time to uncover new possibilities. Options you may prefer the present one.
However, on many occasions we do nothing because it causes the slightest dissonance. Because it’s the choice that requires the least amount of effort. Or because it allows us to avoid responsibility. In these three cases, doing nothing is usually a cowardly choice. It may provide relief in the short term, but it is likely that it will only cause anxiety in the long term.
“Think 100 times before you make a decision, but when you have made it, stand by her like a man.”
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Take full advantage of every experience
A good way to get the most out of a situation is not to judge or punish yourself just for believing you made a mistake. Mistakes require correction or resolution, but rarely punishment. There is no success without failure, sacrifice, or sacrifice.
Making use of the possibilities creates confidence in being able to access them even in difficult times. On the other hand , it is more important to know how to create opportunities and generate alternatives than to take advantage of them. Having the will and intelligence to move is more important than having an impressive sprint.
In fact, when it comes to making a decision, the worst part is not to make a mistake. Try to understand your mistake instead of seeing it as a warning for similar situations.
In order to make decisions that you will not regret later, it is also important to be well prepared. Knowing how to wait the time is an essential component of good preparation. Using the right moment is then the key to success.
If history repeats itself, it doesn’t have to be because of the choice you made. It’s more likely that this will happen because we haven’t learned from previous experiences. The good thing about the trains in life is that they keep going by. You could have missed one that would have taken you to a wonderful place. But you never know which other trains are about to arrive and feed your hopes that maybe they will take you to an even nicer place.
“Never cut down a tree in winter. Never make a tough decision when you’re down. And never make important decisions when you’re in a bad mood. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. Spring will come. “
Robert H. Schuller