Everyone faces many tough decisions in daily life, from changing jobs to breaking up with someone you care about, and not being sure if you’re making the right decision can be paralyzing. Next time you face a tough call, ask yourself these four questions.
Marie Forleo suggests you ask these questions help you feel confident in your choice so you can move forward:
- How do you feel when you think about going forward? When you imagine going forward with the decision, what’s your instinctual reaction? Nervousness, dread or hesitation, and joy are all common reactions which can give you a sense of what side of the fence you fall on.
- What’s the worst case scenario? Think through how your decision might backfire or negatively affect your life. If that happens, are you prepared to deal with it?
- What’s the best case scenario? Figure out the best possible outcome of your decision. Is the payoff worth the possible worst case scenario?
- Can you give it a try on a small scale? Find a way to try your decision without fully committing. For example, if you want to change industries, volunteer for a few months in the industry you’re considering or reach out to trusted contacts who already work in it and pick their brains. If you’re considering moving to a new city, take a short trip there and explore it as if you lived there already.
You know your situation best, so use these four questions as a guide and take your personal circumstances into account, too. Check out the video above for examples for each question.