April 01, 2010
Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine, shares tips that research has shown helps people make decisions.
Know What to Want
“Most people don’t know makes them happy,” Liz says. “My recommendation is to put faith in other people’s experiences.” If you’re at a restaurant, for example, don’t try to make the decision yourself. Ask the waiter or waitress what he or she likes on the menu.
Shift Your Focus
Start thinking about things in a more positive way. “If you’re faced with an uncertain situation, try to think of it with curiosity rather than fear or anxiety,” Liz says. “That’s going to open up your mind and make you have the ability to make decisions better.”
Let Your Mind Wander
“A lot of us think about daydreaming as a waste of time, but in reality, this is very productive time for your brain,” Liz explains. “It’s actually doing a lot of work to regenerate itself, so give yourself moments throughout the day where you let yourself daydream.” This will help you open you up and be more creative and more confident in the decisions you make.
Settle for Good Enough
“We get caught up in this anxiety over what happens if I don’t make the right choice,” Liz says. “Opt out of that situation completely and instead, think of three or four good enough solutions, then randomly pick one.”
Remember, not choosing is a choice you don’t want to make!