Making Better Decisions

Imagine you are presented with the choice to eat a donut or a banana. Which of the two delights would you pick? Would you go with the fluffy and warm donut or the boring banana? Thinking of the donut …? :wink:

Donuts Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

Making the Right Decisions

Often, people select donuts over a banana because they know that you are not going to wake up unhealthy tomorrow. Yet, this is quite a paradox. While the little decisions that we make each day, do not impact us in the short run, the do in the long run. Hence, paradoxically very little decisions that seem non-influential matter completely as they compound. This can be both

Yet, subconsciously, we know that we want to reap the benefits of our decisions, like being long-term healthy, mindful, and as research recurrently concludes happy. So how do you make good decisions? Usually, it helps to have a certain level of will power. A lot of will power means having a lot of capacity to make the long-term decisions through and through. However, will power is like a muscle that can deplete as you may have encountered when choosing different kinds of breads or shopping for cloth for a few hours. Hence, it is important to train this ‘muscle’ to ensure that you can always consciously choose the glass of water, the fruit or the salad option over the lemonade, chocolate or greasy fast-food burger.

How Do You Train Will Power?

Recurrently, research shows that there are three simple bulbs that we need to illuminate every day because they help us to be happy. These bubbles are sufficient sleep, healthy nutrition, and endurance sports activities. Let us elaborate a bit on this.

Bulb Photo by Zach Lucero on Unsplash

After having stated these benefits of the light bulb concept, one may wonder how to illuminate them over a longer period? Well, make them an integral part of your life by making them routine!

How do you get into a routine?

Routine Photo by My Life Journal on Unsplash

There is an answer and practice to routines. Generally, researchers proved that twenty days is usually sufficient time to build up routines to level that you stick to them: If you manage to keep a physical practice for twenty days, you will be able to keep it forever. Usually, this concept is very useful if you are trying to learn something new. The only difficulty arises from making time. Therefore, I normally set up some penalties to make sure I keep my own integrity. It is easy: just set up an Excel table that allows you to share it with friends. They will hold you accountable. Such a document should be structured with boxes to tick daily, to ensure you follow strictly. The penalty would need to be paid if you miss out on one of your challenges. Please find such a excel file hereafter:

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Become Happy - Choose the Banana more Often

Imagine your vision of what you want to be in a year is to lose 5 kg, learn a new language, and - or - get promoted at work. You can achieve this by setting up a routine schedule as presented above, run 7km, eat fast food only once a week, sleep roughly at the same times and thus deeply, and with such a fundament make all the little decisions that guide you there! Try it out and let me know how it went for you.

Did you choose the banana?

Banana Photo by Mike Dorner on Unsplash