Advice for Making the Hard Decisions

“Would you like paper or plastic?”

Sometimes I stand in line at the grocery store and wonder why I even get asked this question. Which is the correct answer? One kills the trees, one sits in a landfill forever. I didn’t want to have to make such environment-impacting decisions . . . I just want my groceries in a bag so that I can take them home.

And what about those times when you desperately need coffee? The questions at the counter at Starbucks seem endless: “Would you like that to be decaf, skinny, nonfat, white, tall, one shot or two?” Seriously? I just want a cup of coffee.

Today I took my daughter to get new eye glasses. There were so many options to choose from, she couldn’t even pick one!

We live in a society where we are surrounded by choices all the time. Sometimes, we think we know what we want in advance. We’ve made up our mind and we go into the situation knowing what choice we are going to make. But suddenly, something interesting happens. Just like my daughter at the eye doctor, we are so taken by the fact that there is more than one option, we start to waver on our decision. Are we making the right choice after all?

The question comes down to this: How do you know what to do when you are facing multiple options on things that matter most?

You pay attention to your heart. You pay attention to your mind. Are these in harmony? Or is your heart saying one option is right, but you are trying to justify a different choice with your mind because it is easier in the short run?

Just as important, are you being pressured by anyone – society, friends, significant other – to make a choice that maybe, deep down, you’re uncomfortable with?

Some decisions can be reversed. Some choices don’t have significant consequences (other than having the jitters because you chose two shots instead of one). But sometimes, your decision today can have lasting impact for years to come. Are you fully at peace with the decision you are making?

Sometimes, making the right choice is so very hard.

But that right choice is so very worth it. We guarantee it.


Are you facing a tough decision with lots of choices? Do you find yourself wavering on the choice you thought you had already made in light of pressure? Sometimes it helps to talk through your choices with a friendly, knowledgeable person.

No pressure. No agenda. Just a friendly face and helpful answers. Come talk to us today.

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