Whenever we make a wrong decision, it can affect us in many ways and lead to unexpected problems.
Having the ability to make right decisions is an important skill to develop to avoid experiencing regret later.
Each day, we make many decisions, some which are simple or non-critical, such as what we wear, what to eat or how to use our time.
We also make difficult decisions, that if incorrect, can have significant repercussions. These can include how we perform, the way we communicate with others, our attitude and behaviour, and our ability to complete things on time.
If we avoid making bad decisions, it will make our lives a lot easier, without more stress.
Factors That Can Contribute to Wrong Decisions
To know if we are about to make a wrong decision, we first have to understand what influences our decisions. Contributing factors include:
- Lack of knowledge or awareness.
- Preconceived ideas, beliefs or mental biases.
- Overconfidence which can play out as, “I know best.”
- Not having defined criteria for making decisions.
- Feeling rushed or pressured to decide something.
Even though we will make mistakes in life, having things to refer back to, can prevent us from experiencing regret later.