Welcome back! It’s Monday and while I didn’t really do too much with my weekend, I am still wishing it was just a little bit longer. We are making our way into those cold mornings that make stumbling out of bed that much harder.
Today’s post is going to be a little selfish of me, but I can’t really help myself. You see, I am known for being indecisive…incredibly indecisive. Sometimes even the smallest decisions create this internal battle of what to do, where to go, and how to do it. I know that this is an annoying quality (especially for A, who lives with it), and often I indulge in this habit without even realizing it. It’s not that I don’t want to make the decision, but in my mind I am constantly battling which is the best decision. Thankfully, last week I was saved from the embarrassment of this “flaw.” In fact, it turns out that this so called annoying quality of mine is pretty common and that there are reasons for my non-decision making behavior.
One of my all-time favorites bloggers (Cupcakes & Cashmere) recently posted a link on her blog about decision making and I was blown away by the article. Written by the Wall Street Journal, the article discuss how your decision making process can determine how happy you are (you can read the article here). Turns out there are a lot of people who, like me, often dwell on making the perfect decision and have a hard time being satisfied with the decisions we make. We are maximizers.
According to the article, being a maximizer means I am more likely to land a better job with a higher salary, but overall will be more unhappy with the job. It also claims that people like myself will end up making decisions that we eventually regret which I see some truth in, but not always. The good news is that over time we maximizers tend to become more satisfied and happy with our decisions and life choices (at least there’s some hope for me!).
Want to know what your decisions say about you? Here is a chart from the article that determines if you are also a maximizer or more of a satisficer.
This read has shed some light to my personality and has encouraged me to not be so hard on myself, especially when it comes to making decisions. Sometimes you just have to decide what’s best for you at that moment and be secure with the decisions you made.
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