How many times have you wished you could go back and make a different decision? How many times have you wished that you had paid more attention to what was happening around you? The truth is we all make bad decisions from time to time. Making better decisions in life can seem complicated, but with the power of observation, it can become easier than you think.
We at Simplementesoi consider that when a person take the time to truly observe our surroundings and make conscious decisions, we can reduce stress and anxiety in our lives. This article will explore the power of observation and how to use it to your advantage in everyday life. The contents of this article should apply to most of the decisions we make in life and how to make sure that those decisions are right for us. So sit back and relax – let's get started!
As humans, we are constantly making decisions. Some of these decisions are small and insignificant, while others can majorly impact our lives. No matter the decision, we all want to make the best possible choice for ourselves and our loved ones. Unfortunately, sometimes we make decisions based on emotion or impulse rather than logic and reason. This can lead to decisions that we later wish we could take back.
What is also a main key to the way we shape our world is the structure and the type of thoughts we allow to predominantly enter our minds on regular basis. Meaning that what we think is what we do, what we do becomes our habit, our habits becomes our everyday life and our everyday life becomes who we are. All that sequence of dependences can go in a positive but also in a negative way. And here is the power we can execute and the control we can have over whether we want to live our life in a positive or negative way. It all starts with what we think and how we think. Let’s dive deep the topic.
The good news is that we can train our brains to make better decisions by improving our powers of observation. When we take the time to truly see what is happening around us, we are more likely to make decisions that are in our best interest. Let's look at some ways that observation can help us make better decisions in life.
- The power of observing the thoughts
The main enemy of our constructive, enriching and value-added led life are the volatile emotions we tend to feel and lay on in our day-to-day life. The Simplementesoi team wants to stress on the fact that emotions themselves are not defined as bad in general. What we want to underline here is that it is dangerous if they predominately rule out our mind, obsess our fundament for decision making, and respectfully shape the way we live. Emotions are important factor and we need to learn how to live with them. To laugh and to cray is OK and is vital ingredient of our balanced and conscious harmony of human expressions but is greatly important how we manage to use our thoughts as a much more significant and valuable tool that affects our modus-operandi, our life paths, our actions, our perceptions, our understandings, i.e. – who we are.
When we take decisions based on emotions we have felt in a certain moment it is almost all the cases that those decisions are actually rather delusional and far from the reality we need to be grounded on. Often it happens that our state of mind is derived from our sub-consciousness. And our sub-consciousness is extremely powerful ruler of our action without even us understanding when, how and why.
Hence it is vitally important for us to learn to stop. Think twice as the proverb says. Be able to reflect, understand (our emotions), and then go beyond them, seek the inner voice inside us and allow it to reflect on the thought entering our mind. Here it is where the magic happens. It is far from easy task but it is one of the most powerful tasks a human being can learn to perform. The main idea behind it all is that when we pause, focus and observe our thoughts (without the distraction of the first-signaling emotions we tend to feel) we will stop to re-acting and we being begin to act consciously. Maturely. Which of course does not exclude the feeling of our emotions from the equation.
Both to re-act and to act are activities, actions and mental processes, that are in our control. Remember that. One of them however is more powerful over how we will live our life and life quality we will bring in it.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and the thoughts you allow to go in your mind and thoughts via them.
One of the most important things you can do to improve your decision-making skills based on your thoughts is to pay attention to your surroundings. What is see is what you think about.
Our senses are a symbolic door to our mind. What we watch, what we sell, what we hear, what we feel, what we touch – all of those are the sensors of the mind that shape the overall attention we have via “observations”. All they then lead to act of shaping our minds. That is why it is very important that we pay attention to all those. As they can again go either way – positively or negatively. It is up to us to decide that and define where we want to dedicate our “observation” and “attention” to.
This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people go through life without really noticing what is happening around them. The next time you are attending a meeting, driving to work, or even just walking down the street, take a moment to really look at your surroundings and pay attention to the details. What do you see? What do you hear? What does it smell like? By taking the time to notice your surroundings, you will be better equipped to make decisions that are based on logic and reason rather than emotion or impulse.
- Be aware of your biases as those directly affect your thoughts as well
We all have biases – it's human nature. However, when we're unaware of our biases, they can lead us to make bad decisions. For example, let's say you're considering investing in a new company. You may be biased towards that company because you like the product they make or because you know someone who works there. However, if you don't take your time and research the company and its financial history, you could end up losing a lot of money. The key is to be aware of your biases and to make sure that they're not influencing your decisions.
- Consider all options and allow your thoughts to stay in positive shape.
When we're faced with a decision, it's easy to fixate on one option and ignore the others. However, this can lead us to make bad decisions. It's important to consider all of the options before making a decision. This doesn't mean that you have to make a decision immediately – sometimes, it's best to sleep on it and consider all options before making a final choice. By taking the time to consider all your options, you're more likely to make a decision that you're happy with in the long run.
- Trust your gut and inner voice.
Sometimes, no matter how much you observe and consider all of the options, you just can't make a decision. In these cases, it's best to trust your gut. Go with your gut feeling, and don't second-guess yourself. More often than not, your gut will know what's best for you.
- Ask for help if needed. It is totally OK to do so.
If you're having trouble making a decision, don't be afraid to ask for help. Talk to your trusted friend or family member and get their opinion on the situation. Sometimes, getting an outsider's perspective on a decision is helpful. Make sure that you ultimately make the right decision for yourself.
Making decisions can be difficult but is extremely good and need for quality life. We at Simplementesoi believe that by using observation and reason-detection, you can train your brain to make better decisions. This is a skill you can grow with time.
The next time you're faced with a choice, take a moment to observe your surroundings and consider all of the options. Trust your gut and go with your instinct. By following these simple tips, you'll be on your way to making better decisions in no time.