"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."


and especially the really important ones...

Life is full of decisions; we make hundreds of them every day.
Most are automatic and minor ones. However, occasionally we are
compelled to make vitally important decisions about major
life-goals. These decisions are often practical or ethical ones.
For example, we occasionally have to take major decisions like
choosing a marriage partner (assuming they'll take you, that is),
choosing to leave a partner in marriage, or decisions about what
to do with your life.

HINTS IN DECISION MAKING (not that I'm the expert decision maker
- by a long "chalk"). Yes, teacher.

A positive attitude to life helps make major decision making far
easier and less stressful. Here are some general hints on
decision making (although it's one of my weakest areas); but I'm
trying hard to improve...

1. Get rid of your mental blocks.

2. Give up the notion that there is only one 'right solution' to
the problem/dilemma you are confronting.

3. Don't fear making a mistake.

4. View your problems as a normal part of life (is that possible?).

5. See yourself not as an indecisive person; but rather someone
who sometimes behaves indecisively...that's a rather kind way of
putting it.

6. Develop your intuition and logic, but listen to what your
heart says (gut feeling).

7. Stop and think before you act. Stop yourself doing the first
thing you think of. That's me for sure!

8. Be specific.

9. Know what your goals and your values are, the principles of
your existence, before taking a major life decision. Ask yourself
if the ideal outcome is in alignment with your values.#

10. Write down all the positive and negative factors for and
against taking a particular course of action. Benjamin Franklin
did it in two columns when confronted with major decisions.

11. Think how the decision will benefit YOU first. Do what you
and not what other people really want.

12. Try to think calmly and rationally (very difficult for me).

13 ("lucky"). Do your homework and get all the facts before you
make the decision.

14. Get opinions and feedback from others you trust; but don't
let them make the decision for you.

15. Establish priorities and "soulsearch" (for a "soulmate"). Ask
yourself what are the critical factors? What is the single most
important consideration?

16. Trust your impulses, your "gut-feelings".

17. Don't take your decision too seriously; nothing is that
important, no matter how much it appears like that to you. Ask
yourself how much will it really matter in one, five or ten years
time? Remember, no decision is irreversible; if you find out
some way down the track that you've taken the wrong course. But
some decisions are pretty important: finding another lover, or
trading in the "old man" (I chose that word very carefully; so I
wouldn't be beaten up by the feminists - I am a 55 kg.
"hen-pecked" weakling, who has stopped going to the beach,
because I always get sand kicked in my face!). After that long
soliloquay... Great word that! Nice name for a girl!

18. Look for OPPORTUNITIES in any decision. Each "mistake" is an
opportunity to learn. I've launched into a writing "career" from
a "mistake" coming to the other side of the world. Crazy wife! A
problem became a great opportunity to do something I'd never ever
thought of (is it the "winds of fate", "the unseen hand of God",
perhaps). If you are making mistakes, you are not learning and
growing. So say to yourself, "it doesn't really matter", or "so
what"...then "get into this world".

19. Accept total responsibility for your decisions.
Responsibility is not BLAME - so don't blame others for putting
yourself in this predicament. Sorry 'wif'! This attitude helps to
relieve your anger or resentment and gives one peace of mind.

20. Change course if your strategy is not working - the quality
of your life is at stake. My mistake is that I persist on a
chosen course for far too long at times, like writing! Learn
when to correct your direction. "If you don't change direction,
you'll end up where you're heading".

Bear in mind that pilots are off course on their flight-path 90%
of the time... but they still arrive at their destination.
Usually! When driving you are also continually making little
corrections; so there's a glimmer of hope for me yet!

21. Be prepared to take a few risks in life. Look out for
opportunities. Every successful business or venture started out
with an idea which was a risk. Nothing is infallible. The
knowledge that you can handle anything that comes your way is
your key to allowing yourself to take risks. Security is a state
of mind. It's not having things, it's handling things.

and finally,

22. Look ahead to the future - the past is already gone.*
See the path ahead as an adventure into the unknown and a time for


23. NB:
Before making major life decisions, meditate or pray (if you are a "religious/spiritual type of person") about them. Listen to the still voice within, your soul, the "voice of God"...
because that is "divine (or highest) wisdom."

The key is choosing the right pathways for YOU. You are where you are today, as a result of the decisions you made yesterday (and the days before)...and where you will be tomorrow, will arise from your decisions you make today.

Cheers to your good decisions in the future...
and in so doing you may even leave a legacy by lighting a torch
for future generations!

Edwin Hubbel Chapin once said: Every action of our lives touches on
some chord that will vibrate in eternity." That is the definition of a legacy. Shine that bright light that is within YOU.

Craig Lock Eagle Productions
( "Information and Inspiration Distributors, Incorrigible Encouragers and People-builders")

* I love the following quotation...

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is
the gift, that is why this moment is called the present."
- anon

"Your belief determines your action and your action determines
your results, but first you have to believe."
- Mark Victor Hansen

"God, the Source of Life", will never give you a desire, a
vision, an individual dream without your having the
ability/potential for it to come to pass."
- craig

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."

"When I let go of what (and who) I think I am, I become all that I can be... and am capable of being."
- craig (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)

Together, one mind, one life at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage ... and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."

Craig's blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at
http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=%22craig+lock%22&t=post + www.craiglock.wordpress.com

"If the Lord makes you successful, I'll keep you humble."
- a wife (I won't say whose!).
# "Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny."
- Carl Schurz, US general & politician (born in Germany 1829 - 1906)

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and 'principles' to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life's magical journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy. http://www.craiglockbooks.com

The various books that "Craig felt inspired to write" are available at:
http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html www.lulu.com/craiglock http://www.webng.com/writernz/books.html and