Article Title: How to Make Good Life Decisions (from 'Steps to Success, Prosperity and Happiness')
Shared by: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Decisions, Self Help, Personal Growth, Self Help Books, Empowerment, Communication.

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We hope that the following article (an extract from Craig's very "wacky" manuscript, 'STEPS TO SUCCESS, PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS') written "many moons ago" may be informative and helpful to your ezine readers, or on your web site. If it helps others "out there" in any way, then we're very happy.

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

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HOW TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS

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 (spent most of my life struggling with that one!).

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 "soul-search" (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 long word that (hope I spelt it correctly). And a 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 challenge (unpredented).

and

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

Edwin Hubbel Chapin once said: "Every action of our lives touches on
some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
And that is the definition of a legacy.

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... and perhaps even great decisions you will make in the
future...
and in so doing you may even leave a legacy by lighting a torch
for future generations!

Remember one of my favourite inspirational quotations...

"Be bold and unseen forces comes to ones aid".

And finally...
Shine that bright light that is within you.

Live, love and be happy

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

* P.S: 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 often seemingly difficult or even
"impassible") path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.

- craig

Craig's blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at
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"Empowering others through the power of words and thought energy. Together, one mind, one life at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."

Don't worry about the world ending today...
it's already tomorrow in little scenic and tranquil New Zealand

PPS: I love the following quotation...

"We make a living by what we get...but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman MacEwan

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:

Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make some difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life's magical journey to live their dreams and be all they can be... and that brings him the greatest joy. He truly believes in the great potential of people and their humanity to make a better and more peaceful world.
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