Life is filled with decisions. Every moment of every day, we are making different choices. We choose what we wear every day, what we eat, and what we say. When making simple decisions in life, we find it easy to recognize when we’ve made the right or wrong one. Say you wore a dress to work one day. Then, you step outside and it’s freezing out. You know you made the wrong decision. You decide to tell your co-worker what you think of their new haircut. They smile and thank you. Congratulations- you made the right decision.
The immediate response from the environment around you serves as the indicator of whether you made the right or wrong decision. Still not sure if you’re making the right decisions in your life? Below are some telltale signs that you’ve chosen the right path.
4 Clear Signs You’re Making the Right Decision
What about those big decisions like ending or beginning a relationship, starting a new career (or quitting your job altogether), or starting a family. How do we know if we make the right choice in these situations?
My first thought was to say that you can’t know if they’re right unless you can predict the future. Until the other day when something happened that made me realize that the big decision I recently made was most definitely the right one. Recently, I made the frightening decision to quit my job. Why is this so frightening? Because I have nothing solid lined up to go to next. I’m also currently living in California, on the other side of the country from my family and friends. This means I have to move my entire life cross-country for the second time in the past 6 months.
Thinking about that had me feeling like a train wreck and wondering if I’m making the right choice. Ultimately, these four signs showed me I had made the right choice.
Enjoyment is No Longer Enjoyable
We were running an event at work the other day that was a tremendous success. Normally this would excite me and leave me thinking “this is why I do what I do.” This time was different. That thought never crossed my mind. I just kept waiting for the day to be over, even though I was doing something that would normally fuel my fire.
Maybe your dates with your significant other, which you normally look forward to, now seem like a chore. This could be a sign that there is something missing in your relationship. It could be time to end it, or put in some work to make things better. Maybe you’re on the other side of things and you are no longer enjoying your time alone. Asking that girl on a date was the right thing to do.
Excitement Turned into Exhaustion
Let’s keep this one simple. If you have found that you are exhausted from having to “get excited” to go to work, hang out with your significant other, or any other daily activity that should bring you joy and you’ve stopped that cycle, then you’ve made the right decision.
Uncertainty Does Not Trigger Anxiety
To leave a solid situation without setting the foundation for my next step is completely out of character for me. However, the uncertainty of what is coming next does not give me a constant pit in my stomach. Yes, I have my freak-out moments, but those are very fleeting.
Instead, I experience more comfort because what’s next is up to me- and it’s anything but what I’m currently doing. When the thought of staying in your current situation brings you more anxiety than the thought of removing yourself from that state, you know you’ve made the right decision.
It Just Doesn’t Make Sense Anymore
When making any decision, I like to align it with my top three priorities: health, relationships, and career. If taking on a new task or starting a relationship would compromise my health, jeopardize any other relationships I had (like those with friends, family, etc.) or deter me from my career goals, I would not commit.
What are yours? If where you are now in life does not enhance your priorities, or worse, compromises them and you have taken the steps to remove yourself from your situation, then you know you’ve made the right decision.
You Did it Because you Wanted to
Not because you thought it was what you “should do.” Not because you felt it was morally right. Simply because you felt in your heart that this was what you needed to do to be happy.
Are you fully happy with your life? What big decisions have you made lately? If you haven’t made any kind of change, take a chance to move closer to your happiness. I can guarantee you that once you do, you will see these signs appear in your life as well.