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How to make decisions without panicking

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We don’t often think about it, but we’re making decisions all the time. It might be something as basic as which drink we want from the machine, or something as complicated as what we’re going to yell at the call centre operator when we ring to complain about the drink machine taking our last .

But those choices can stress us out, give us a case of what’s called “analysis paralysis”. With that in mind, here are a few ways to get in the habit of making decisions without panicking.

Take control of your life

Fate, luck… forget ‘em. We’re taking the power back. Putting the crown on our own heads instead of kneeling before… okay, this is getting out of hand. The point is – it’s your life, and if you want it to turn out anything like your secret hopes and dreams, you have to start taking responsibility for the decisions that’ll shape your future. Don’t worry. It gets less scary the more you do it.

Roll with the bad decisions

Here’s the sweet truth: not every choice you make will be the right one. Sometimes you’ll go left when you shoulda slid right, and everything will be wrong. Here’s where some people throw their arms up and declare they’re never making decisions again. Not you, though. You’re going to power through those bad calls by resetting. That means taking a look at your new situation, thinking about your goals and figuring out how you can get back on track.

Take a moment to consider yourself

If you’re feeling furious, anxious, rejected or surly because you didn’t sleep well, you’re not in the right state of mind for the big choices. If you can, give yourself some time and space to consider your options. This isn’t the same as putting it off forever, and you definitely want to make sure you come back to it ASAP – make sure your mind’s right and go for goal.

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