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Micro decision making

October 22, 2011

Why is it that many times people make decisions that they know are terrible choices, but go through with it anyway?  Everybody is after that instant gratification, that euphoric feeling that comes along when everything is clicking and you are on top of the world.  Should I eat a couple slices of pizza at midnight?  Sure its going to taste great, but late night eating is terrible, and the next day you’ll wake up feeling like crap.  How about going out on the town and getting wasted ? Having a nice buzz going is fun from time to time, but so many people push it over the limit and become “blacked out” (not remembering anything from the night before due to being so inebriated). Harming your body with toxins, wasting a bunch of money on drinks, and “if you get lucky” you meet a companion that you will take home at the end of the night.  You then wake up with a throbbing headache, turn over and realize that you don’t even remember what happened the night prior.  Who is this random girl sprawled out on your bed?  Was that instant gratification of having a couple hours of pleasure even worth it?   I am not going to sit here and pretend I have always been the poster child.  I went to Indiana University, and there were definitely some crazy nights in which I had to look at my credit card statement to retrace the night.   When you are younger you think that you are invincible and nothing bad can ever happen to you.

You live and you learn, and after awhile you realize that times change, and you have to make mature decisions.  Eating some yogurt or cottage cheese before bed instead of a pizza, going out one night a week instead of 2-3.  We make so many impulse decisions in our day to day lives, and I think that the younger generations continue to strive for that instant gratification.  Everything has to happen NOW, or else…where does this stem from?  All these cluttered advertisements, DVR (you don’t even have to watch commercials anymore).  Everybody is always looking for that quick fix, and its one of the reasons why our economy has been in the shitter for so long.

On one shoulder you have an angel, and the other a devil…everybody has a good side and a bad side…lately when I feel as though I am about to make an impulse decision regarding eating habits, going out at night, or business decisions, I take a deep breath, count to ten and then pretend like it is 24 hours later, and I am looking back at whether or not it was worth it.  We have all had pizza, and gotten drunk at bars, and made poor judgement calls, as nobody is perfect.  In hindsight everything is 20/20 and we are all geniuses…Imagine that in foresight everything becomes 20/20.  This is possible if you just take a minute and think about what you are about to do.

Micro decision making is the ingredient to a long, happy, and successful life.  Remember as a kid in grade school when teachers told you to write down “where you see yourself in 5 years”? in 10 years? 15 years? etc…Think back to what you wanted as a kid, and now reflect on how things have changed over the past decade or longer.  How do you see the future unfolding for you now?  I don’t believe in destiny per say, and there is only so much that we each can control in our day to day lives.  We all have brains, and are free thinkers, and the decisions that we make all the time impact ourselves and those around us.  Keep that in mind the next time you are about to take action, think before you act…

Enjoy the weekend!

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