A great quote says, "Everything we do is based on the choices we make. It's not our parents, our past relationships, our job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or our age that is to blame. We are responsible for every decision and every choice we make. Period!"
Choices are inevitable to life. If we live, there will always be a choice to be made. So, how do we make the right or the best choice? Three things to control when faced with a tough decision.
1. Fear – Fear can dominate our choices. Anxiety can cause us to react before we think. However, all fear is not bad but needs to be separated with proper thoughts. Emotional fear and genuine fear are the two that need to be separated. When we are emotionally fearful, it could mean that we don't fully understand what's before us and need to gain more knowledge or understanding. When we are afraid due to facts means that we have an understanding of what the choice entails and the possible outcomes that are associated. Factual fear is what we should base our decisions.
Gather the facts and be in control over your emotional fears. When fears are controlled, your choices can be dependable and sure even if the outcome is not favorable. You know you have made the best decision possible. Experiencing failure after making a wise choice is an opportunity to grow and learn from your mistakes. Push daily to make better choices than the ones you made yesterday.
2. Thinking – Making controlled choices takes place in our minds first. There we often struggle with over-thinking and over-complicating our problems. Clarity must be made between an 'over-analysis' and a 'useful analysis. Let's work to make our thoughts useful.
Restrict repetitive thoughts that are not producing actions. Over-analyzing' can be detrimental to having a productive decision.
Make your thoughts useful and productive with set standards and goals. These will help you in making the best choice possible.
3. Balance - Being balanced is key to making the proper choices in every situation. An unbalanced life can teeter one of two ways: 1) allowing our feelings to rule without facts or 2) being governed by just the facts without our feelings. Either one is not a position for success. To have the victory, we so desperately need we must find a balance between the two.
When working to have a balance between feelings and facts, look for a moment to contemplate. With a little time and quietness, you should be able to feel your gut instincts (emotions) and think through or research the facts. A balanced choice requires asking yourself a pro-active question: "Will the choice I'm about to make benefit everyone involved in the long run, especially me and my goals?" Be balanced in all your choices.
Summary – You can control your choices to reflect on who you desire to be. Control your fears by running them through the facts, don't over-think but put your thoughts into action steps to your goals, and balance your gut feelings and the facts to be real but solid. Make controlled choices!