Every day, life requires us to make decisions; whether mundane or profound, the decisions we make have the potential to influence our lives and those of others. All decisions, whether right or “wrong” have consequences. Some decisions carry more weight than others because of their ability to change or set the entire course of our lives.
When faced with a decision there are usually two options to really choose from, when this is the case; we are said to have arrived at a fork on the road and must choose whether to go “right” or “left”. Discernment is very integral as far as decision making is concerned. We have to carefully weigh all options, determine the consequences of our choice and make the decision with as much certainty as possible.
The way I view it is, there really are no wrong decisions as all decisions contribute to our growth and development. The consequences we reap from making misguided decisions offer us learning experiences in that they allow us to re-examine our choices and make better and more informed decisions the next time around. We are responsible for the decisions we make and should therefore be able to deal with whatever consequences result from them.
“Wrong” decisions don’t make us bad or incompetent people neither should we judge others based on the decisions they choose to make. We make misguided decisions when we choose to go against what we know and believe to be right. Factors that might influence our decisions and distort our better judgment include; fear, shortsightedness, peer pressure, impaired judgment, emotions, nonchalant attitudes, low self-esteem, ignorance or self-entitlement.
We also make misguided decisions when we feel threatened, are attached to our comfort zones or prefer to take the easy way out. When this is the case, our decisions have the potential of getting us into serious trouble, hurting or causing our loved ones pain and in some cases, jeopardizing our lives. Some decisions don’t offer us the opportunity to recover our losses or the opportunity to back track and do things differently or anew
What decision do you find yourself struggling with today? What decisions have you made in the past that have had significant impact on your life, whether for the best or worst? I personally struggle with making decisions and can be wishy washy at times. I always want to be certain that I am making the best decision; unfortunately, life doesn’t always present the information we need to make informed decisions, sometimes we have to trust our gut to guide us and other times, we have to wise seek counsel. Whatever the case, decisions aren’t always easy to make.