How do you want your life to unfold? You’ve probably experienced how easy it is to go weeks or even months without pausing long enough to think about where you are versus where you want to be. The danger of leaving this question unanswered is falling into the trap of living in loops and relying on old habits rather than conscious decisions. Mastering active decision making is a bit like having an internal GPS helping you navigate life’s twists and turns. Let’s talk about how to set yours.
Begin by creating a vision of your life that truly compels you. Take some time to tune in to your inner voice. Calming practices like meditation, yoga, conscious breathing, and journaling can help, as can conversations with trusted friends, mentors, and of course, therapists! When faced with a decision, ask yourself which choice will take you closer to where you want to be. Use this blueprint to guide you going forward.
While you will face uncertainty from time to time, overanalysis and indecision can keep you paralyzed. Chances are you’re not facing starkly contrasting “right” and “wrong” choices on a daily basis but, rather, decisions that exist on a spectrum. Much like a choose your own adventure novel, your choices are forks in the road as you write your own story. Listen to your intuition and train yourself to commit without fear.
Finally, mentorships and friendships can be a huge help as you navigate life and asking for opinions and advice is perfectly acceptable. However, in the end, be sure the decisions you make are your own. You are the one who has to live with your choices, and while it can be easy to allow people you trust to make hard choices for you, the only way you’ll be truly empowered is to learn to make them yourself.
Be patient as you work toward mastering active decision making. Follow The Inspired Therapist on Facebook and Instagram for reminders on living intentionally, and remember that, by learning to choose with awareness, you’ll be able to navigate life with clear vision and confidence.