I hope you’re sitting down because I’m about to change your life in less than 15 minutes. No, I’m not going to predict the winning lottery numbers or give you a dancing kitten…
I’m going to teach you how to make decisions. Quickly.
Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a decision maker. I’ve been known to stand in the shampoo aisle at Wal-Mart for a good 45 minutes with my head cocked to one side, trying to figure out whether I prefer volume or shine. But I AM getting better and better at making quick decisions thanks to my secret formula, and today I’m going to share that formula with YOU.
I’ve been contemplating the art of decision-making quite a lot lately, mainly because:
A) Christmas is coming (and we all know there are a helluva lot of decisions to make at Christmas (“Which color? What size? What do I buy my weirdo uncle?”)
B) I’m re-vamping my website for 2012 and I need to decide what to keep and what to toss. It’s kind of like an episode of “Clean Sweep” only there are no cute carpenters in my garage.
Hmmm… Carpenters in my garage*…
*as “Dreamweaver” plays in the background
May I present a perfect example of how distraction is the enemy of decision-making. Focus, KB; focus.
So! The first step in making decisions is to eliminate distractions and to FOCUS on the decision at hand.
The second step in making decisions is also known my secret formula. Are ya ready for it?? Here it is:
CHECK IN WITH YOUR FEELINGS.
Yep, that’s it. Simple.
If your feelings say, “YES”, give ‘er.
If your feelings say “NO”, uh… don’t give ‘er.
Your feelings will always tell you what to do because they are inextricably linked to your intuition. They will always guide you to make the best decision not only for yourself but for all concerned.
The formula works whether you’re making a big decision (“Should I quit my job?”) or a little decision (“Would my weirdo uncle like this banana-guard for Christmas?”). Your feelings always KNOW.
The only caveat is that getting an accurate reading from your feelings requires a calm state of mind. If possible, it’s best to find a quiet space, close your eyes, and take a deep breath before asking a question. Don’t try this for the first time at the mall on Christmas Eve.
Speaking of Christmas, wasn’t Jesus a carpenter???