How Do You Make Important Decisions?

I’ve come to a fork in the road and I need to make a life altering, destiny defying decision. I have talked before about my inability to make a menu decision when I go out for dinner. It will therefore come as no surprise that when making a decision of this magnitude, I am my own worst devil’s advocate.

In tackling this big one, I did as I always do when I find myself in a similar situation….. and I turned to my list of decision making options on hand.

1)      First I flipped a coin. After I flipped it I realized I had not assigned the sides to the relevant topic at hand. Then I had to flip a coin to decide which sides of the coin I wanted to represent the topic. It spiraled out of control quite quickly actually.

2)      The next obvious course of action was the Pros vs. Cons list.  Looking at the decision topic from every angle, I came up with four possible combination scenarios. The result? I have written four complete lists, wherein the 4 pro options are weighted against the 4 possible relevant cons…. and they all come out even against each other. No….. it’s excellent really… as it turns out no choice is the wrong choice. Perfect.

3)      Consult your friendly resident Psychic. In fact this one I have only done once in my life. It was this past birthday (my 27th) and I went with two good friends. I thought it was all a spoof considering my reading was curiously similar as the one she had given to my friend. But then she told me (without knowing my age) that my 27th year was/would be a year of “change of lifestyle.” I’m not sure now who is the bigger flake? Me or her … especially considering the fact that I have resulted to pulling at straws from past encounters with psychics to help validate my current choices in life.

4)      Pull the Answer of a Hat. Who am I kidding? I do NOT leave big choices like this up to something as random as a hat draw. Give. me. a.  break. (Also, might I borrow your hat later?)

5)      Tarot Cards! When all else seems unapparent, and you are NOT getting answers from your gut instinct that you are happy with, turn to Tarot cards, (of course!). But in all honesty, I’m a bit wary to delve into this one again. Oh.. well, it’s a long story but the last time I consulted tarot, I was told by a deck of cards to steal a lock of my forbidden love’s hair while they were sleeping, and I was to burn it by candlelight at midnight during a full moon (sadly, true story). After brief contemplation, I thought it was too risky to go to sleep with a candle burning.

6)      I’ve been trying to convince a friend to pick a number between 1 and 10. No before you get started, this is a really good one actually. It’s not nearly as random as the hat draw…. It just leaves the decision making up to the responsibility of my friend. This way if I make the wrong decision I can rest assured that the decision was out of my hand, and therefore, I do not have to spend eternity saying to myself: “hind sight is 20/20.”

7)      I stared at my cat in hopes that she would blink at the right time, therein providing me with the yes/no answer I’ve been looking for. As it turns out cats don’t have to blink very often (scientific fact). Other fact: Lo Mein is incessantly stubborn and won the staring contest. As consolation I have to give her tuna for the next three days.

8)      I’ve become so desperate I’ve been Googling inspiring quotes which I guess I’m hoping will make me feel motivated to make the right choice? (One can only assume at this point). Now my desk is littered snippets of scrap paper…. the common theme is risk. Por ejemplo:

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go” – TS Eliot
OR:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
AND:
Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

So after all this, the choice is so obviously blatantly clear… is it not?

I should probably go out to dinner to mull it over. The menu issues might take it off my mind.

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7 thoughts on “How Do You Make Important Decisions?

  1. I also have issues making the most basic of decisions, as such I felt on edge throughout. I was desperate to find out just how you would make this decision so I could steal your idea and then (finally) become a person capable of picking something without spending an hour debating the pros and cons.
    Either way, it didn’t take long to decide to say this was an enjoyable read

    • And to prove that it works, I just asked the book (through the iPad app) if I should ask my Swedish teacher out. Well, this is the answer I got: “Stay out of trouble”. I guess I won’t, unless I ask again tomorrow. Maybe the book will change its mind.

      • Is there a way to show the book a picture? Because then you would know if it was giving you an accurate answer re: the date question!
        I’m surprise it doesn’t give you “stay out of trouble” all of the time!! 🙂

      • He he he! By the way, you might be interested to know that I couldn’t resist and asked again. This time I got a much better answer: “Don’t be afraid to want it all” 😉
        Not sure it is the kind of decision I would have made in the bathroom!

    • Hahahah that deserves an OMG. I would like to know how you happened across this little gem!
      And don’t discredit the bathroom decisions… oh sorry.. you meant waiting to go into the bathroom ; )
      Sorry couldn’t resist the bathroom humour!!

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