Crossroads: Making Life Changing Decisions

One of the most complicated tasks any of us will face in life is the concept of making the right decision. Every few seconds we have the opportunity to change our lives. Our careers. Our happiness. By taking that opportunity the lives of many others, some of which we will never meet, will forever be changed as well.

The small decisions are simple. You may not even notice you are making them, but our brain has an efficient way of going into auto-pilot on tasks we do often.

Be the change you want to see.

Think about it this way. Do you have to make a decision to read this sentence? This word? Did you measure and decide exactly how much coffee you poured? We make decisions every second of every day.

What about those life changers. The ones that you can’t go into auto-pilot with. Where the only help others can give you is common sense. “Do what will make you happy“, is a generic response in life. Would you ever truly want to do something that makes you unhappy?

What if you don’t know how the outcome will effect you? Making such a large decision based on your gut? Would you do that?

You are the keeper of your own future. You can only control the decisions you make.

Be the change you want to see. Be productive. Be happy.

When you are at a crossroad in life

Have you ever found yourself in a position where all you have worked toward is right in front of you, but instead of a simple black and white decision you are presented with a handful of options. None clear cut. None with reassurance of long term happiness.

You already have the tools to succeed. It’s simply a mindset.

It is becoming more apparent that some decisions are more attractive than others. But none of them are ideal. Pulling the trigger on an exciting, high-risk decision may turn out to fail more quickly. Big promises rarely ever pan out in business. Take your heart out of the equation. Rationalize to be successful. Break your goals into smaller milestones.

Making a smart decision based on where you want to be provides more long term growth potential.

It may be related to your job, your business, or your personal relationships it’s important that you know what you want out of life. You already have the tools to succeed. It’s simply a mindset. Success is right there on the horizon.

You don’t need a detailed road map. You just need to start your car.

This was part 5 of the Essential 5-part Productivity Guide series. Make sure to read the entire series to learn about decision making, productivity, and overall methods of success!

Click here to start with Part 1: Productivity, Time Management is a Fraud

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  1. MegReplyOctober 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm 

    First, I think you need a general editor. I would like to submit my application for the job. ;)

    “Even if you make a decision without looking back, how do you decide what to do?”

    I put my motives through the Spanish Inquisition. I check, and double-check, my *reasons* for going one route or another– especially when my decision will change the life of someone else. I’m more than human, full of pride and selfishness. The decisions in which I have the most regret are ones made out of pride and selfish intent. The decisions in which I’m never caught “looking back” are the ones I made with the most sincerity of heart. “Purity” of heart, maybe? Pure, yes. Like you mentioned — the least unsexy.

    It’s definitely subjective, though, the measurements of motive. But that’s the best I can say, for myself. I absolutely must examine my motives.

    • Joshua GarityReplyOctober 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm 

      I completely agree. I’ve actually wanted to expand the website a bit and bring on a person or two. Looking into options over the next two months.

      I’ve found that making the right decision often times requires you to negate emotion. Sometimes emotion, personal connection, etc can trump making the right decisions. At times that is ok. Sacrifices are key to life. But sometimes it can end up poorly for everyone. I think the trick is knowing when to make decisions based on emotion and when to be calculated.

  2. Anthony CookReplyNovember 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm 

    What a great read couldn’t agree more the the line “Big promises rarely ever pan out in business I’ve realized” hehe :)

  3. Lannhi_loves_you100ReplyFebruary 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm 

    I agree. This is a very well thought out article and I enjoyed it very much. It also taught me a little something, although, i will still have to face that hard decision in life. Thank you for the little bright minded words!(:

  4. LisaReplyOctober 17, 2013 at 6:55 am 

    I’m afraid this article does nothing for me, it tells me nothing, informs me of nothing and doesn’t help me to make my big decisions at all. “Take your heart out of the equation”, really? It’s my heart that needs to be happy above all else. “It’s simply a mindset” ok, so tell me how to change or handle it, don’t just repeat the line.

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