Four Steps to Make a Decision

  • Imagine all the good reasons and all the bad reasons for doing something.
  • Let these be like two people who give conflicting advice (but both have come from yourself).
  • Now choose between them. (It is most important to choose, and not just to do nothing.) Even if your decision is wrong, you have made it. That is important. We all make bad decisions and we can learn from them. (Even if you end up asking for advice, you can consciously decide between the benefits of asking or not asking for advice.)
  • Try also to leave out your feelings of what you might like or not like and concentrate on whichever will lead to the best result (the better decision).
  • Generally speaking, the more we can deliberately find alternatives the more we reduce stress and improve decision-making, for we take control of our lives.

Angus Jenkinson, From Stress to Serenity