Ep. 85 Drama-Free Decision Making
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Ep. 85 Drama-Free Decision Making
How often do you struggle making a decision? We waste so much time and mental energy either putting decisions off too long, worrying what to choose, or regretting what we’ve already chosen. How can we save this time and mental energy and make decisions without all the drama?
Practicing making decisions with low stakes
Considering whether a decision simplifies or complicates your life
How difficult decisions bring us into union with God
Why the actual decision itself might not matter as much as we think
Links Mentioned In This Episode
The Next Right Thing by Emily. P. Freeman - Amazing book on decision making!
“The decision is rarely the point. The point is becoming more fully yourself in the presence of God.” - Emily P. Freeman
Recap of Episode
How to make decisions quickly!
Something I’ve been experimenting with lately is making decisions QUICKLY. I’m known to waffle back and forth on things and dramatically declare, “I JUST DON’T KNOW!” So I’ve been practicing quick decision making on things with low stakes.
The more I decide quickly on small things (like choosing something off a menu at a restaurant I’ve never been to) the easier it’s becoming to decide quickly on big things (like choosing which preschool to send my kids to).
Are you a quick decision maker or a waffler? 😆 How do you approach making big decisions?
Try practicing making little decisions quickly so that you can practice for more important decisions to come.
What are some little decisions you could try practicing?
Where to eat out?
What movie you’d like to watch
A small purchase
What to make for dinner
Best Question to Ask Yourself When Making a Decision
Will this decision complicate my life or make it easier?
Asking yourself this question can really help simplify thing in the long run and make it easier to decide ahead of time.
I only need to do the next right thing.
You have the big picture vision — but you don’t need a 5-year plan
I don’t need ALL the information — I just need union with God
I trust myself to make the right choice. (Only I have ownership in this decision.)
Liking your reason why
When you make the “wrong decision” use it as a learning experience
What do you know now that you didn’t know before?
Stop wasting mental energy on waffling over past decisions (even if you can still change your mind) — it’s just not useful.
How to make BIG decisions!
Live with it for a bit — not to delay but to explore
How does it feel in your body?
Start and see
Are you overly concerned with making the RIGHT decision?
Remember that the outcome of the decision is not the point
“The decision is rarely the point. The point is becoming more fully yourself in the presence of God.” - The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman
Hard decisions point us to God — “speed bump"
The point is to have companionship, union & more presence with God
God wants us to be FREE to make decisions
Loosening grip on outcomes — release those to God
Practicing decisions with trial & error
Question -> answer -> act -> evaluate -> what’s next?
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