Episode 084: Want a High-Quality Life? Make Quality Decisions.

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your decisions.  The highest performers use a proven method for making good decisions as quickly as possible, and then taking action.  In this episode, we’ll explore the two most important elements for making a quality decision.

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

Have you ever had a situation where you chose to do something and thought it was going to be great?  Or fun?  At least enjoyable?  Maybe it was a vacation to a tropical island.  Or you renovated your kitchen.  And then it poured rain every day.  The construction project didn’t go at all as planned.

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And you asked yourself, “Are we having fun yet?”

The Importance of Being Earnest

When I was in high school, I read a delightful play by Oscar Wilde called “The Importance of Being Earnest.”  It was a British farce or satire, a play on words.  One of the main characters, Jack, pretends to be a man named Ernest while he is in town having fun.  He wants to propose to Gwendolyn, but she thinks that’s his real name.  All sorts of mayhem ensues caused by his deception.

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And of course, Jack learned that he would have been better off being earnest than Ernest.

Hallmark Movies Make Me Gag

Today as I write this it’s Valentine’s Day. A day where we celebrate love. Just yesterday I read an article about Hallmark movies, and how so many people love them because they're so uplifting.

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But here's the thing. I don't find them uplifting. Why? Because they make me dissatisfied with my life.

When Does the Roller Coaster Ride End?

In the last installment of this blog,  you saw me make a decision.  I found a third way – one that seemed to allow me to hold 2 beliefs as true at the same time, even though they would normally lead to opposite conclusions.  So now what?  Say “Whew!!! That’s over.” And ride off into the sunset?

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Not exactly.

We Have a Winner

When we left off yesterday, I was wrestling with two conflicting truths which were keeping me torn.  Kind of in a state of suspended animation or something.

  1. When I absolutely know I can do something about a situation, I must.
  2. In order for me to do my best work, I need rest and restoration.

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So there I was, at the coffee shop with my friend, torn and wrestling.  Struggling between the two.

Wrestling With Truth

Last week I wrote that I was torn.  About what to do about a possible consulting opportunity.  Now in the past I would have left the decision to the hiring manager.  If we could work out the terms, I’d do it.  Though I’d put some parameters around it, I’d otherwise abdicate my responsibility and let someone else decide for me.  Or I’d consider only the financial impact.

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Not this time.  This time I wanted to decide myself – was I truly interested or not – even before we discussed terms.  And I was torn.