10 Tips for Making Big Decisions

Choose Deferred Over Instant Gratification

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6. Choose Deferred Over Instant Gratification

Desperation is the enemy of decision making. It encourages you to choose the option that seems best for now instead of what is best for later. Big decisions have lasting and varied impacts on your life, and choosing the quick fix usually leads to a list of future problems. The future problems end with you needing to make more difficult decisions. You want your choice to be good for the future even if it leads to temporary discomfort.

Think about how this approach applies to everyday life. Sure, exclusively eating ice cream is fun now but will end poorly later. Exercising is uncomfortable in the beginning, but the long-term benefits are worth the pain. Being focused on the future makes today’s decisions clearer.