Everyone Makes Decisions Every Day.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you are continually making decisions. Some of these choices will be relatively inconsequential, such as whether or not to buy a soda with lunch, or whether you want to run to catch the bus or simply wait at the stop for the next one. Other decisions, such as where to go to college or whether or not to buy a house, carry far greater consequences.
I believe the key to making a good decision is to consider the consequences of that decision if the decision is acted upon. A decision can be judged by whether the human consequences will be positive or negative. The more positive human consequences you can determine a decision will have, the more confident you can be that your decision is a good one. Obviously, we want to determine what the consequences will be to us, the decision makers. We will want to what the short-term consequences and the long-term consequences to us as individuals.
Since we live in a society, we will want to determine what our decision will do to other people. How will they be impacted in the short-run and how in the long-run? Will they have more positive consequence than negative consequences? What do I do if the consequences for others are mostly undesirable but they are really desirable for me? Obviously, you can’t tell for certain how the future will unfold, so this thought-process isn’t fool-proof. However, you should have enough information to make an educated guess. At least this process should uncover some consequences that are major enough that they tip the decision in a substantial way.
In making many decision you might also want to add the consequences to the environment in the short-term and long-term. Those of us living in the United States are the most intensive users of the environment and we consequently have the most impact on it.
“Everything in life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.” This post is designed to help you evaluate a choice you think you might implement. Consider what might happen to you, others and the environment if do it. Consider each category consequences in the short-term and the long-term. It helps if you put these categories into a matrix.
After you have done this a few times, it will just become a natural habit.
Don’t you wish that our governments used this process?