Decision Making

The ones who make better decisions will do better in life. Most people don’t do so well in life. They do okay, satisfactory maybe, average. In other words, they would do things much differently if they could do it over again.

If you could figure out how to make good decisions then you would be set. Some figure it out but often only after they have handcuffed themselves to the consequences of a series of bad decisions.

Since I have no positive residuals to show for from any decisions I made in my 20s then I may have made no good decisions during that era. My path in life during that time may have been attributed from the lack of a decision. Like the saying goes, not making a decision is still a choice. 

To be able to make good decisions requires the appropriate knowledge, experience and objectiveness. Too often the beliefs, ego and emotions interfere with rational decision making by ignoring statistics, science and math. 2 + 2 = 4 except when you want it to equal 5.

Fear is often the constant emotion involved in bad decision making. Being blinded by love is more often a case of being plagued by fear. The occupation that one chooses is often a decision based on a perceived probability of not losing. Settling too soon for too little feels safe but the guarantee you’re also promised is that you’ll never win.

An immediate catastrophe is often not the consequence of our decisions which allows people to prolong the idea of an improbable rosy outcome. There can be substantial comfort in the time between a bad decision and the day of reckoning.

If your life has not gone or is not going the way you would have liked it to then you have to question your decision making ability. If your main priority in life is to not feel down on yourself which is often the case then you will make many bad decisions. The universe does not care about your feelings.

Make your decisions as if the right or wrong answers would mean life or death the next day.



2 comments on “Decision Making

  1. Mr. J.,
    Every decision leads to other decisions, and we are not given to know what might have happened if we had done otherwise. As I look back on my most major decisions, I have to wonder if I would have done differently if I could do them over. I’m not sure I would change anything, not because they were the right decisions, but I learned a lot about what not to do. In most cases, I felt trapped and could not do anything except what I did. I had reached “the top of my game” such as it was and had nowhere else to go.

    Sometimes delaying decisions is not procrastination but a recognition that the time is not right. That’s a decision in itself, to have patience rather than act impulsively. Sometimes when I act too quickly, I have to undo what I’ve done so spend lots of time going backwards.

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    • MrJohnson says:

      Sometimes even the right decision leads to an undesirable outcome. If someone consistently makes good decisions though I think the end result will usually be a win. Maybe there’s never a bad decision as long as it’s one you can live with. I will say I wouldn’t change most of the decisions I made only if I’m truly convinced that life has worked out in my favour. If not then I may be a bitter old man who sits on a park bench all day feeding bread crusts to pigeons while imagining how I could have done better. Life is a learning game but I’d rather fluke out a win and realize afterwards how I could have messed up but luckily didn’t.

      Doing nothing is often the best decision. The stock market has been teaching me lessons on patience. Sometimes there’s no rush to act. Perhaps if I had been more active in my decision making when I was younger I would have screwed myself to the point of no return. I don’t even think I was capable of making good decisions back then.

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