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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 103

April 12, 2016

Decisions, decisions

How are you more likely to make an important decision —
by reasoning through it, or by going with your gut?

I do a little of both. If I have an immediate “bad” feeling about the decision, I won’t make any decisions at all or will put off doing whatever it is. I trust my instincts enough to know that if the feeling is bad, it will be a bad decision too. If I have a “neutral” reaction, neither good nor bad, I will suss it out through reasoning. If I have an immediate “good” feeling or reaction to it, I will usually just go with it, but that happens so rarely. I generally have the “neutral” reaction to most decisions that need to be made.

With all of that being said, I don’t really like to make decisions. I know, sounds bad. Sounds like I don’t care or that I am an indecisive person. I am not. Not at all. I’ve had to make numerous decisions about my life and those around me for the majority of my life. I am tired now and just want to go with the flow of things. Unless it is super important that I decide on the where, when or how of things, I let someone else decide now: where to eat if out, where to go shopping, when to do a certain thing, how to do it, etc. I only decide if it is life-threatening or makes an immediate impact on where I am living or where to spend my money. I’ll let someone else do all of the stressful worrying now.

How about you, dear readers? Do you suss things out or go with your gut when making decisions? Share your thoughts with me in comments.

  1. We have a splendid arrangement in my house. My wife makes all the small decisions: where we live, what kind of car we have, where we go on holiday – that sort of thing. I make the big decisions, such as whether we, as a family, can support Trump’s stance vis-à-vis undocumented workers in the USA, whether we recognise Putin’s annexation of Crimea and so on. It works for us.

  2. Pretty much the same process as you. If it’s a major decision, like at present we are looking at changing cars, it gets researched a lot. We discuss, think about it, discuss some more…. we’re nearly there 🙂

    • That’s great, Raili 🙂 I hope all of your research pans out and you end up with a great car 🙂

  3. Burnt out on Decision Making…this could be a blog post of its own or “Go With the Flow.” My thoughts: Every once in a while, have a “Take Charge Day.” Take charge of small decisions, just so you don’t get out of practice. 😉

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