Hmmmm…Decisions, decisions, decisions.  Did you know that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions per day?! I don’t know about you, but when I read that number I had to set down my coffee mug. Now, this number includes conscious and subconscious decisions like, walking to the kitchen, opening a cabinet, brushing your teeth, and picking up your phone. So when it comes to informed choices, it makes sense that the number drastically decreases to only 122. Informed decisions are when a person must understand all of the options that are available to them, including possible risks and benefits, in order to come to a conclusion. These decisions are made in a way that is consistent with a person’s goals and values, which are used to determine what possible outcomes would be favorable or unfavorable.  I think it’s necessary to understand that the decision making process can easily become a drawn out process for any one of us. The pro and con list writers and overthinkers may get a bad rap, but this fear of uncertainty is more relatable than you may think. It ultimately stems from a desire to make the “right” decision at all costs. So, for perfectionists, people pleasers, and second-guessers alike, this can be mentally draining. Weighing cost versus benefit is a century-old concern, but if I may be so bold as to ask: what really is a “right” decision?  When we get to the bottom line, those who struggle with decision making usually want to control a situation to any extent possible. We try to avoid what has been labeled in our minds as a “bad decision”, when our focus is actually on controlling the wrong part of the decision making process. We try to control the decision itself instead of facing what the outcome may be with a reinforced mindset. Bad decisions are often categorized as ones where we failed to cope with the outcome. Yet, what if the decision was the one we were supposed to make so we could glean something exponentially better from the outcome than if we had taken another route? It can show us that sometimes what we think is our limit isn’t actually our limit. Are you willing to test that theory today?  Be bold with your decisions. Stand by them and have confidence that you will face the outcomes with your experience and knowledge. And if you do find that there is something there for you to learn, don’t let go of it