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How to Make Decisions Without Stress

Updated: Mar 28

-Ally Nelson

Making decisions can feel so tough. Whether it’s something small like what to wear that day, or big like where to go to college or whether or not to take a job; it all feels overwhelming! What if I make the wrong choice? What if it doesn’t work out? What if I can’t do it?

Here are a few steps to help you feel confident in your decision making!

  1. Get clear on your values

  2. Remember there is no wrong choice

  3. Prevent decision fatigue

Get Clear on Your Values:

“It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

Values are guide posts for our lives. When you get clear on what you value, decision making becomes a breeze!

So what do you value? Here’s a quick way to figure it out!

  1. Find a list of values (maybe like this)

  2. Cross off the values that are not important to you

  3. Circle the values that are important to you

  4. Pick your top 5 from that list

See if your chosen values resonate with you. How are they showing up in your life? Are there any that need more attention?

Remember That There is No Wrong Choice:

There is no such thing as a wrong choice. There is always something to be learned in every decision we make in life. And you can’t do it wrong! Because ultimately you’re the one that decides if it was the best decision or not.

You can’t come in last place in your life. Take time to check in with your own thoughts about the situation and trust your gut! Your values will take you where you need to be.

I love using the mantra “what is for me will not pass me”. The opportunity that is meant for you will present itself to you. And you can’t choose wrong.

Prevent Decision Fatigue:

Think of decision making like a tank of gas. The more decisions we make, the more gas we use. When we are low on gas we experience something called “decision fatigue”. Decision fatigue refers to the “deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making”.

We need to do what we can to prevent the burnout that accompanies so many decisions all at once. To do this we can make decisions in advance.

If you know you have a big decision coming up, set yourself for success. Decide what you’re going to wear the night before. Prep your meals ahead of time in a moment when you feel calm. Have your car’s maintenance already taken care of. Actions like this help us to prevent decision fatigue from taking over and keeps our decision making skills sharp!

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We can’t wait to help you feel confident in your decisions!

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