I’ve written about my decision-making filter before. More than once.
For some reason, it feels important enough to revisit every so often because making decisions is actually a skill. It’s not just a thing we happen to do.
Making decisions builds a life over time.
Everything we decide to do, and then do, becomes a part of our story, so it’s helpful to have guides and filters and codes of ethics.
Here are a few questions I try to remember when I’m consciously making a decision. I’ve added one or two since last I wrote about this topic:
- What does love require of me?
- What is the wise thing to do?
- What is the disciplined thing to do?
- What does being present look like in this situation?
- What is the courageous thing to do?
- What will tell the best story?
That last one – tell the best story – could go in a couple different directions. What might tell the funniest, most interesting story to share at the bar is one thing. What will tell a story that those most important to me would be proud of is another thing altogether.
Do you have any questions you might substitute or add to that list?