5 Tips for Mastering Mindful Decision-Making
Our lives are full of decisions. No matter how big or small, we make choices daily that impact our lives. Whether it’s what to eat for breakfast or whether to accept a new job offer, our choices impact our overall wellbeing. It is essential to make mindful decisions that align with our values and goals, foster inner growth and happiness and help us to reach our desired outcomes. Here are some tips on how to make mindful decisions.
Get to Know Yourself
The first step in making mindful decisions is to understand yourself. Reflect on your values, principles, and goals to make choices that align with them. Ask yourself what is it that you want to accomplish in life and how your decisions affect your future outcomes. By knowing yourself, you can avoid making choices that lead to regret or a path that does not align with your goals.
Once you know what you want, gather as many options as possible. Take the time to research and investigate all available choices carefully. Consider different scenarios and evaluate the pros and cons of each option. By evaluating the various options, you increase the chances of making a mindful, informed decision.
Check Your Emotions
We all know how emotions can affect our choices, especially when we are stressed out, worried, or excited. As much as emotions can be a useful indicator, they can also cloud our judgement. When making a mindful decision, check your emotions and identify the factors that might influence them. Recognising your potential biases will help you see the options more openly.
When making mindful decisions, set clear boundaries. As you explore your options, you need to know what you are willing to accept and what you are not. Establish limits to ensure that you do not compromise your values or goals when making any choices. Determine where you draw the line, and be willing to act on those principles.
Finally, once you have assessed your options and evaluated your choices, it is time to take action. Take a step of faith and trust that you have made the best possible decision based on all the available information. Remember that making mindful decisions takes practice, so be patient, and over time, it will become more natural.
Making mindful decisions takes time, effort, and a willingness to explore all the options available. By knowing yourself, gathering your options, checking your emotions, setting boundaries, and taking action, you can make choices that align with your values and goals. When making a mindful decision, remember that there is no right or wrong answer. The key is to take action, trust your ability to make choices and move forward with confidence. Making mindful decisions has the power to transform your life, as it allows you to chart the path that aligns with your vision of an ideal future. Remember that making a mindful decision is an ongoing process, so keep practising, and it will become more comfortable as time goes on.
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"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."
- DR ELISE BIALYLEW
about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
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DR ELISE BIALYLEW
Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.
A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.
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