A situation is never as good or bad as it seems at a given point in time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Plan your decisions

So many situations in life are foreseeable. Rarely does something happen completely “out of the blue.”

Most folks that are living life on a roller-coaster repeatedly run in to the same (or similar) patterns that trigger their ride to highs and lows in their lives that pull them away from the peaceful center.

One method to combat getting drawn on to the roller-coaster is to plan ahead and make your decisions, in advance, outside the heat of the moment.

During a period of relative calm in your life, take a self assessment of things that have led you away from your center in the past. Most likely, it is not a long list and there is a high probability that there is a commonality to the many of triggers on your list.

It may be easier to do this with a friend or someone who is a good, unbiased listener.

Once you have established your triggers. Take an honest look at how they have affected you in the past and the roller-coaster ride that ensued. 

If you want to avoid the same result, make your decision in advance. Take a good honest look at what your triggers are and make one final decision when you are not in the heat of the moment, and declare to yourself that you mean it and stick with it when the situation arises in the future.

Planning ahead is not a foolproof system but it can be one more tool in your bag to defend against the ongoing battle of life’s highs and lows.

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