#15: Good Decision-Making
A good decision isn’t popular or happy
The nature of the senior year of college is such that I inevitably have to make impactful decisions. While making those decisions, I have been inspecting the nature of my decision-making. Coming from the first principles, before I am able to decide, I must know that my decision-making framework is correct in the first place.
Arguably, great decisions in small and big things compounded over a lifetime should grant life satisfaction. So the way I make those decisions is something I want to think about. What makes a good decision (pulled from my old post)?
Aligned with personal values and principles
Gets me closer to my goals
Prevents future or any trouble
Makes life simpler and easier, not more complicated and harder.
A decision I would want for someone I love.
A good decision is not a popular decision, the one that makes me happy right this moment, or is approved by others. A truly good decision might be painful at the moment, but in the scheme of things makes me better off. That is why I want to build principles around my decision-making so that they give me the infrastructure to be able to make those hard yet good decisions.