Ben danced to his own beat. He never listened to anyone, not his parents or his instructors. Bens motto was I do it my own way. As a consequence, Bens life was a series of bad decisions. He was unsuccessful in life. Nevertheless, Bens decision making never got any better. As the county guard shut the door to Bens cell, he ordered, Lights out! Ben screamed, Im the man! You cant make me do anything. The prison light goes out. Ben is left in the dark.
The Critical Decision
Have you ever wondered why some people continue to make bad decisions? You see million-dollar celebrities doing it. You can see this action in government officials and business leaders. There are no discriminators. From the very rich to the poorest of the poor, we see people caught in a vicious cycle of bad decision making. Sadly, we see it much closer than that. We witness relatives making those bad decisions. Despite all the wise counsel, the poor decisions continue.
Why is it important to teach people how to make better decisions? Anthony Robbins, author of Awakening the Giant Within, attributes good decision-making as a key attribute to a happy life. Bestselling author Brian Tracy argues, The further you think into the future, the better decisions you will make in the present to assure that future becomes a reality. Making better decisions improves the quality of ones life.
As a young advisor and college professor, I constantly hear students proclaim, Im grown. This statement implies I dont have to listen to anyone. I know best. Therefore, I can make my own decisions. Through series after series of bad decisions, the youth continues on merry ride of worsening consequences. Two things generally can stop this dead-end trap.
One lies in becoming more mature with age, and the other is experience. In going through a series of bad decisions, a wise person gains insight on the consequences of a bad decision. Every person, regardless of their background or social standing, can benefit from good decision-making techniques. Here are some key steps to use:
1. Define the problem or issues
2. Conduct research on the matter
3. Discuss with respected individuals with similar circumstances
4. Consider at least two alternatives
5. Select best decisions, based on your value system
6. Move on and accept any consequences
The Right Path
Making the right decision is a difficult process. No one will usually applaud your many good decisions; however, you will probably catch heat over the bad ones. Les Brown, author of How to Become the Person You Always Wanted to Be-No Matter What the Obstacle, explains, Your values are not set by government or church leaders. Your values give you consistency in the way you approach life By holding to your beliefs, you can always stay on track toward your dreams.