Once you have made a choice, it's time
to plan. You want to be able to answer, "Yes", to two
First, "Have you made detailed plans for
putting your choice into action?"
You want to write out
any actions you need to do. For example, how will you
learn the knowledge and skills required for the career
you have chosen? Set goals. Think through the steps you
will take, and dates by which you plan to accomplish
Second, "Have you made plans for how you
will handle any of the negative consequences that might
arise from your choice?"
Studies show that if you think
through how you will handle these possible negative consequences,
you will be better able to handle them later.
for example, that when people are offered a job and are
told about the "bad" features of the job before they
decide to take it, they are more likely to be successful
and satisfied than if they are not told. The same is
true for medical decisions. If patients consider the
possible unpleasant effects of choosing a painful treatment
like surgery, they are better able to handle them later.
So, review the "losses" or "disapproval" you have noted
on your "Decision Balance Sheet" for the choice you have
made and plan accordingly.
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