Every Decision You Make is Important
The difference between a good day and a bad day can be one terrible decision. And a day-ruining terrible decision isn’t just the wrong turn on a one-way street, or tattooing the face of your soon-to-be ex on your forehead. It can be small things, like agreeing to a blind date or eating salad when you really want a burger. Every decision you make is important, and one terrible decision can potentially set off an avalanche of other terrible decisions if you don’t know why you make these decisions in the first place. Here are seven reasons why you make terrible decisions.
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1. You Lack Self-Control
Most experts agree that a person’s success would magnify if they could restrain their immediate wants in favor of long-term benefits the majority of the time. That’s self-control and it’s not always easy to have—especially when you’re hungry or stressing out. Let’s say you have $50 burning a hole in your pocket. You could add it to your savings or you could buy a cool gadget you don’t really need. What do you choose? If you have self-control, you save the money. If you want to make a terrible decision, you spend the money on something you don’t need.
2. You Try to Bend the Rules
Have you ever bent the rules just a little bit? Have you ever told yourself you’re just being a little bad? You’ll just have one bite of cake when you’re on a diet. Or, you’ll watch just one more episode of a totally binge-worthy Netflix show. Well that one bite of cake could easily turn into three pieces when you have to fit into your wedding dress, and that one episode could turn into an entire season when you have to be up early the next day. Not such good decisions. Bending the rules could lead to terrible decisions.
3. You Don’t Consider the Consequences
If you’re really excited about doing something, you’re not likely to consider the consequences. Unfortunately, consequences are the difference between a good decision and a terrible one. And you have to remember that instant gratification comes into play. Getting something you want may feel really good at the moment, but is it worth the long-term consequences? One of the best ways to curb your most lavish desires is to just not think about them. This is the simple technique that highly successful people use all the time to remain focused and to keep from making terrible decisions.
4. You Have Analysis Paralysis
Some people don’t consider the consequences of their action, while others consider them too much. I call that “analysis paralysis,” and it occurs when someone is so worried about what could happen, that they are incapable of making a decision. How is that a terrible decision? Well, if you don’t make any decisions at all, you’re not making good decisions.
5. You Suffer From Approval Addiction
People often make terrible decisions because they’re seeking the approval of others. Whether it’s going on a blind date, getting married or following a particular career path, you could be doing something only because someone else wants you to do it. It becomes an addiction when you can’t do anything unless someone okays it. And while someone’s approval may steer you down a good path, the wrong person’s approval could steer you down a bad path. The decisions (good or bad) you make should be your own choice.
6. You Have Decision Fatigue
Some people make terrible decisions because they’re tired from making so many decisions. A good example would be wedding planning. You have so many decisions to make and making all those decisions makes you tired. Eventually you start making decisions without thinking, just to get them out of the way. That behavior could lead to a lot of terrible decisions.
7. You Procrastinate
If you put your decisions off to to the last minute, you’re more likely to make terrible decisions. That can be really detrimental—especially when making important decisions. So give your decisions the respect they deserve and take your time making them. It’s not worth putting them off.