How to Make Good Decisions
Have you ever been in a situation in which you’ve had to make a decision, and you’ve found yourself with two, three, even four options in front of you? It’s a decision nightmare. Indecision and anxiety grip us at the throat. We want to make the right decision. Our minds race from one possibility to the next. We decide. We change our minds. We decide again. It goes on. We finally make the call. Even then, we’re not sure we’ve gone in the right direction.
Even a fairly trivial matter can trigger the above thought process. What about when we’re dealing with something of the utmost importance? In this article I am going to share with you a technique that I have been able to make decisions with confidence and surety. This technique can be use with the smallest of matters to life altering decisions.
This is the point in which you are going to want to consider the notion of the hardest thing theory.
The Hardest Thing Theory
To live a life fully you should not be limited by fear or laziness.
The next time you find yourself in a situation along the lines of the one mentioned above, consider the hardest thing theory? No matter how many options you find yourself dealing with, choose the most difficult one.
“Wait a minute!” You just said, “The most difficult one?”
Exactly. It sounds a little strange. However, when you break down the particulars of the hardest thing theory, it starts to make sense.
Breaking Down The Hardest Thing Theory
Oftentimes, you will be able to decide on the level of difficulty from the options you have.
What often makes our decisions difficult is trying to figure out if the easier way will be sufficient enough for the situation. The problem we get into is the easier or easiest way is not sufficient.
If look back at the times you know you made a bad decision, you will notice that it was most likely the easiest route. You probably chose that route because you were too lazy to do it the hard way, because you thought you could just get by with doing the easier route. When it is all said and done, we actually created a bigger mess or more work than if we just went with the hardest route from the start.
Don’t feel bad, it is just our lazy nature as humans; we like to put off the hardest things until last. You will eliminate problems and make better decisions if you just do the hardest thing first.
Doing the hardest thing can be a struggle at times. We are always tempted to just go with the easiest option in front of us. There are also times in which we try to contemplate whether or not the easy option is going to give us the results we are after, which can be a monumental task itself. Avoid all of that. When you know for certain which option is easy, and which option is going to demand more of you, go with the one that is going to push you out of your comfort zone. Ultimately, it will be the right call.
This theory is valid in many aspects of life. Should you go to the gym or stay home and watch a movie? Should you stay at your dead-end job or start that business you always wanted?
To live life fully, without fear or laziness, live this theory each day.