Making The “Wrong” Decision : Do You Do This?

Making The “Wrong” Decision : Do You Do This?

Again, I seem to be blogging these days more about life rather than scrapbooking, but since scrapbooking is a means to chronicle life, I’m just going with it. Plus, I have on many occasions been paralyzed by the indecision that the fear of ‘making the wrong decision‘ can cause.

You may have seen my recent post that was inspired by my new favorite blog TinyBuddha.com. Well I signed up for their newsletter and today I got an email from them sharing an awesome post. It really resonated with me and it was pretty much the highlight of my day.

On Making The ‘Wrong” Decision

For the past three weeks, I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to move to Korea for a year. Some days, I’ve completely made up my mind to take the trip. I get excited about teaching myself Korean and spend hours and hours online learning about the culture.

Other days, I’m an emotional wreck, terrified that I’m making the wrong decision.

What if I get homesick? What if I’m supposed to be doing something else? What if I don’t like kimchi? What if? What if? What if?

And then there are those days where my mind resists all attempts to make any kind of decision at all. I’m immobilized, unable to push through the debilitating fear.

She goes on to talk about the negative emotions that fear of a decision can bring. Even with something as innocuous as scrapbooking — which granted, doesn’t necessarily strike fear in our hearts — having to make the decision (and having that nagging thought that it might be the ‘wrong’ one), can stop us from moving.

Understand that there are no “wrong” decisions.

It really takes the pressure off if you understand that every experience you have, whether you characterize it as “good” or “bad,” is exactly the experience you need to have at that moment. Some choices may lead to more painful lessons than others, but living life in fear of living life is no way to live.

When I was trying to decide whether or not to go on my trip, I had a friend who flipped a coin and made me commit to the outcome. Life involves some risk. Flip the coin and see where it leads you.

Original Source here.

So the next time you find yourself stuck. One page, or two page layout? 3 or 5 pictures? This ribbon or that? Get out your coin, flip it and commit to your decision. You may be surprised where the journey takes you.

Do you have a favorite technique to get you unstuck? Share it in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Amanda :

    No technique but I have noticed how we agonise over a few decisions to the nth degree when ultimately it doesn’t matter 😉

    • Mary :

      Oh Amanda, I couldn’t agree more. Nothing stops me faster than indecision! Time to get out the magic 8 ball, because as you say….in the grand scheme of things, it truly doesn’t matter.

  2. Thank you for your insights! I’ve come to realize that everything happens for a reason. Learn what you can from your “wrong” decisions, and move on.

    • Mary :

      Well, I can’t take credit for the insight, but as I need the constant reminders of things that I know (but forget from time to time), I thought I’d share with my peeps. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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