It’s 2017! The New Year! Before we know it we’ll be into February and Sweetheart’s Day and lovey-dovey stuff. Time travels. Every day brings new beginnings and opportunities to make important decisions and do new, exciting things.
Some decisions are automatic: go to work or not if we really don’t feel well; 10 more minutes to snooze or no…; what to wear; colors to match up….on and on.
What about more serious decisions: “Will I continue in this business or pursue another business or another job or even another career? For some it will be, “Will I find a job?’ Will I keep my job?” For those who are established, the decision may be, “How can I expand or improve this business?” “What am I going to do about my child staying out too late; hanging out with the wrong friends? So many things to think decide: “Will I move from this place or even from California?” “Will I get a divorce or break up with this significant other. It’s just not working out. “Will I become a Christian as the road to better life?” Or I don’t want to marry anyway…What can I do to make my life better, happier, more peaceful?” When things happen in our lives that are jarring, we decide how to continue and move forward. Sometimes that is not an easy decision. What factors do you weigh? You might ask, “How do I not get into this situation again?” “What thought process do I use to look into and avoid making the same mistakes or doing the same thing that I am unhappy about? If you’re doing the same thing repeatedly, looking for different results, you know what the saying is: That’s insanity! Sometimes, we don’t know how to make decisions. Here are a few tips: Decision-making can mean looking introspectively and futuristically. Look back at what your other decisions have been. What were the results? Were the results favorable or not? Did you like the outcome? If you made a good decision, think clearly what steps did you take to come to the decision? That will be your guide for future decisions.
Did you think it through and not act impulsively and on emotion only? Consider the effect of your decision or indecision on others, your family, children, co-workers, constituency or other. If you feel a sense of fear or hesitancy, think things through in your mind. Learn to think analytically sometimes to recognize what you are thinking.
Sometimes impulsive decisions may be made because they don’t know how to analyze the decision to be made and consequences or benefits beforehand. Your decisions effect your life and others near and far. 2017 is your best year! You can do it! Teach Your Children at home.
Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D., Founder-Superintendent Today’s Fresh Start Charter School 4514 Crenshaw BLVD., LA 90043 323-293-9826 [email protected] Writings: copyright “Will You Marry me?” Inquiring Minds Want to Know”