“Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.” This quote from Sophocles has proven to be correct in my life time and time again.
It occurred to me over the past week that I make terrible decisions. I have for the majority of my adult life.
I act on impulse. I lead with my heart. I do not take the time to think logically. All of these things can be well and good, if from time to time your decisions are made that way. But when every decision you make is based on how you feel and not logic, then you can be steered in the wrong direction.
I haven’t made a good decision in well over four years and I find that the realization of this has actually made me shy away from making decisions about my future. I’m afraid of failing.
I have determined that my newest personal improvement goal will be to make better decisions. But how does one even do that? I did a search for “how to make a good decision” and was giving a number of internet links from Wiki to eHow to Life Hacker. What it boils down to is three basic steps:
1. Make a list.
2. Consult those you trust.
3. Consider what your instinct is saying.
I’m working on the first one. I don’t yet have a pro & con list but I’ve been mulling it over in my head. I’m consulting those I trust. I asked a group of trusted friends and I’m blogging about it (my readers always have awesome ideas!!).
It’s the instinct I worry about. It’s lead me wrong many times and I don’t want that to happen this time.
How do YOU make a big decision?
The decision I’m working on pertains to a job.
I have been offered a low paying, part-time job near my home. When I say low paying, I mean minimum wage. While I should be excited to have a job offer in hand, I’m worried that taking it is the wrong decision.
I am in the process of signing up to be a substitute teacher with a number of districts and should have that going in a few weeks. When that happens I don’t see any reason why I won’t be able to work every day of the week. The pay is three times what this other job is offering me and it’s not on weekends which leaves me time to continue doing the product demos that I do on weekends.
My concern lies in the fact that my car is dying. I don’t know how long it will last, it could be a week, it could be four months (PLEASE let it be four months!) When that happens, there will be only one school I will be able to sub at because it will be within walking distance of my house. This other job is also within walking distance, so I will be assured that I can still work.
Now if I choose to work this part-time job, I’ll be losing money each day that I don’t sub. Subbing is better for me in the log run as it will cover all my bills and allow me the chance to pay off debt. This part-time job does not do anything but give me the opportunity to work should my car break down sooner than I can buy another one.
I’m inclined to pass on the part-time job and hope that my car makes it but what if it doesn’t? Will I be sitting here in a few weeks upset that I passed on it? My pro-con list is very heavily pointing towards passing on it but the one item in the pro column that makes me pause is the question “What if my car breaks down sooner than January?”
What do you think I should do? Any tips?
While researching for this blog post, I found the following quote:
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It gives me a little bit of hope.
Photo Credit to Ian Wilson on Flickr
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