Weighty Decisions

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life


Every day we are faced with problems and opportunities. The decisions we make are critical to attaining our life goals. A few steps in one direction will forever alter our path often causing major changes in every day goals and accomplishments.

Some challenges are more weighty than others and require us to contemplate our future in relationship to the decisions looming ahead. There are many steps that should be taken to ensure that the best possible answer is attained, however, this process is frequently skimmed through or skipped altogether.

  1. Define the problem
  2. Collect the information needed to make a decision
  3. Identify your goals
  4. Analyze your options – exploring the pros and cons of each in writing
  5. Take a short time to free your mind of the problem
  6. Reassess your goals
  7. Select the desired solution
  8. Commit to the solution
  9. Implement the chosen solution with a positive attitude

Adequate time should be spent exploring each step in the process. Not only will this aid in making the right decision, but can also reduce the stress accompanied with making major life choices thus making step number five the utmost of importance.

In order to accomplish the fifth step, participate in activities that keep the mind busy…

  • Read a long book
  • Take a vacation or day trip
  • Tour your city
  • Visit the museum
  • Have a picnic and play games like frisbee or badminton with family and friends
  • Test drive cars for the fun of it
  • Join a sports team, workout class or exercise facility

Most importantly, don’t feel rushed. Decisions made in haste are often those that cause regret.

“Stay committed
to your decisions,
but stay flexible
in your approach.”
~Tom Robbins~
a decision 8 ball
The Redhead Riter


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lou Belcher June 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Great advice. When I saw those weights, it scared me a bit. I thought you were going to tell me to get some and lift them. Loved the post, once I realized there was not exercise involved. Thanks.


2 G.~ June 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Great advice. Although I have to admit, I'm not quite that responsible when making decisions. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and see what greets me at the next corner. My only rule is that as long as my decision is made out of love then I'm usually in for the adventure ahead. 😉

I could probably use a few more rules.


3 Meagan Frank June 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Agreed…wholeheartedly. I can see no reason to go through life any other "weigh". Good advice!


4 Becky June 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Nice post! Thankyou!


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