When you make a decision, you make a choice – you choose a particular course of action when given two or more alternatives.
With that being said, there are two types of decisions that can be made – good decisions and bad decisions. Good decisions are usually the decisions we are expected to make while the bad decisions are often “stupid” or “impulsive” – usually not thought through.
While good decisions are the safe and more logical choice, they aren’t the most exciting. A good decision would be to stay in on a weekend and finish all your assignments according to a pre-planned schedule. A bad one would be to stay out the entire weekend, party until you can’t stand anymore and worry about your assignments later. But honestly, which story would you rather hear?
What makes bad decisions good stories is the fact that when people make bad decisions, it’s a case of act first think later. There’s no time to predict the outcome, there’s a thrill in this. The outcome itself is an experience in its own. There’s a lot to learn from taking risks although the consequences may not always be pleasant.
A bad decision is never a mistake, only a lesson learned and if you make them enough you’ll soon learn the importance of making good decisions (and how to make them).
It’s important to be able to make decisions in order to solve a problem or take advantage of an opportunity which has been presented. Decisions both good and bad ones, are a vital part of finding direction.
In theory decision-making is supposed to be a rational process but let’s be honest – the decisions we make aren’t always logical. Sometimes emotions get in the way and that ALWAYS leads to problems.
It is impossible to make good decisions all the time. People are allowed to make bad decisions, it’s how they choose to deal with the decisions they make that defines them.
If you screw up, it’s not the end of the world. Remember the lesson that you walked away with. Don’t be afraid of making bad decisions and don’t be ashamed of the bad ones you’ve already made, because no good story ever started with “This one time when I ate a salad…”