And if so, how do you know?
We make an unbelievable amount of decisions every single day. Choosing what to have for lunch, what shoes to wear, whether to take job A or job B, the list is endless for daily choices. Just imagine how many decisions you’ll make during your lifetime.
So how do you know when you’re making the right choice? I am certain of a few things: Always choose the steak taco and never wear heels for a night out dancing. These are the easy decisions. Deciding between two jobs, two salaries, or where to live—these are a little tougher.
My experience with making decisions (good and bad) throughout my life has led me to a simple conclusion. You get two significant feelings when you make the right choice: Calm and confident. These feelings are a package deal. You can’t have one without the other.
Making any life-changing decision can be scary and the thought of uncertainty is enough for anyone to avoid taking many risks. But that’s also how you end up stagnant and too comfortable in a job (or life) that is less than you deserve.
When you have a major choice to you make you should always take the time to consider exactly what you want and how it will improve your life. Getting two job offers in different states with different salaries is amazing, but also gives you a lot to think about before jumping to the end result. You will be filled with excitement and eager to say yes to either opportunity and both will have amazing benefits, so don’t rush your decision-making process.
There’s a very cliché saying that I love:“When choosing between two things, flip a coin. Not to find the answer, but for that split second it’s in the air you know which you are hoping for.” It has always rung true for me. The choice I make after I repeat this to myself is the choice that leaves me feeling calm and confident enough to make with 100% assurance that it’s the right choice.
That’s not to say that making a decision now would be the same one you would make three years from now, or five years ago. But right now, at this very moment, it is the right decision to make.
You don’t always have to take the risky option or the safe bet. You must choose the option that leaves you feeling confident enough to make the same choice again and calm enough to ease your nerves. Trust your instincts. You have them for a reason!