Making a decision

Making changes is never easy—no matter if you’re trying to eat healthy, stop smoking or begin looking for a new job.

The first difficult step, however, is the same for achieving most goals. You have to make a decision.

My husband Tom and I recently decided to give up our evening cocktail. We still have a pleasant social hour together almost every evening, but now we have conversation without alcohol. I drink water, ice and a splash of lemonade in a cocktail glass, and Tom chooses apple juice.

Why did we make our decision? I have never abused alcohol, but my father was an alcoholic and I have always been concerned about drinking. Also, as we get older, Tom and I are more conscious about the steps that we can take to keep healthy.

It sounds easy. Just make a decision. But making that decision can be extremely difficult.

I wish I could give you three easy tips for making a decision and taking action, but it took me months to make the  decision about changing my evening habit.  Most likely, if there were a simple solution that would end your indecision, you already would have discovered it.

I can offer some things to think about:

  • Why is this a difficult decision for you to make?
  • What are the benefits of making this decision and taking action? What are the disadvantages?
  • What happens if you postpone making this decision?
  • Can you take small steps that would nudge you toward this change?
  • Do you need help? From someone in your family? A friend? A counselor?
  • How can you motivate yourself to take action?

Always remember that you have to make the decision. You can read how-to books. Get advice. Ask for help. But you have to make the decision and take action.

When have you made a decision and taken action? What helped you make your decision and stick to it? What suggestions to do you have for other people? Please submit your comments at the bottom of this page. We want to hear from you.


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