Making Big Decisions: Go With Your Gut or Take Time to Consider?

“Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.” – Sophocles

Is Sophocles right? Maybe. But that doesn’t mean that quick decisions are necessarily the wrong ones or that they will inevitably result in disaster. Perhaps they’re just a little riskier.

How do you make big decisions? 

I’m talking about life-altering, things-will-never-be-the-same, changing-the-course-and-meaning-of-my-existence kind of decisions.

Do you go with your gut or do you take time to consider everything?

I tend to do both. I have an immediate reaction to a choice and then spend endless hours (days, weeks, months, even years) considering every aspect, weighing every option, and carefully envisioning every possible outcome.

I make pro and con lists, I talk to friends and family, I research (and research and research), I write down every thought that comes into my head.

And in the end, after all of the excruciating consideration, I usually end up going with the option that my gut (instinct?) initially pointed me to in the first place…but not always.

“Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.” – Lillian Hellman