Making serious decisions that affect your life in profound ways, may be overwhelming however, you must make the decisions. How will you make those hard decisions? This brief article will give you ideas.
Weight out the pros and cons
This is simpler than is sounds. Take a plain white piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side of the line, write the good stuff, the pros, that the decision will solve. On the other side of the line, write the bad things, the cons, which occur when you make this decision.
If you are trying to decide if to move from your primary residence, one side can be all the good things that will happen from this move such as, smaller heating bills, bigger yard, or fewer repairs that you need to pay for to get the property back in shape. These are the pros of your decision.
The cons would be packing your items in boxes, hiring trucks or a mover, and leaving a home that you love. Moving is time consuming, without a doubt so this maybe a definitive factor in your decision but the cost of moving is also a factor for many people.
The next step would be to examine the choices you have. Since you have written your lists of pros and cons, the decision is easier to make. Which column has more items?
Sometimes the reality of seeing the choices in black and white allows us to see the big picture clearer. Therefore, we can make informed decisions.
When faced with the reality of moving from a home I had kept for nineteen years, I used this method to help me make my decision. My pros included, less yard work, less to clean, cheaper heating bills, and of course new surroundings where I could be comfortable. The home I am leaving is nice but it has too many memories of the family that lived here, memories which are good and bad. In a new place, we can make new memories.
The cons of course include leaving a home that I once loved, and put my heart and soul into. It is a custom designed home that was built from the ground up. After my marriage broke up 7 years into a twenty-five year mortgage, I worked hard to keep it so it would be less stressful to my children as they went through school.
I succeeded there as my youngest graduated last year, since I fulfilled my goal, it is easier to let go. I really do not feel bad in leaving with 6 years left on the mortgage, as I know it will be easier all the way around in a cheaper and smaller home where I do not have to put everything I earn into the house. Its time I begin to live life once more.
The best piece of advice I can give is to make your list and listen to your institution when making those crippling hard decisions. Be realistic when you create your lists of pros and cons and let common sense lead the way.