Making Decisions

Making Decisions and the art of Trusting your inner ding!

Freedom of choice.  It’s a pretty exciting idea.  It means you get to see what’s important to you.  You get to decide where and how you’re going to live, what kind of work you want to do, who you want to spend time with, and what your values, goals and priorities are.

making decisions in recovery
Changes ahead? 

To be alive is to make decisions.  Many are not a big deal.  Which movie would you rather see – the thriller with Robert De Niro or the comedy with Tom Hanks? Do you want your coffee black or with cream and sugar? Would you rather go to the ball game with Kate and Jim on Saturday or spend the weekend camping with Sarah and Frank? Would you rather go bowling or take a stroll around the lake?

Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too.  For instance, you can always see the suspense film on Friday night and the comedy on Saturday.  It may be easy to choose between vanilla and chocolate ice cream – or maybe you can have a scoop of each!  Yet many decisions are less cut-and-dried.  Should you go back to school for more training? Leave your old neighbourhood? Get married or divorced?  Often you reach a fork in the road and you have to give up one thing to get something better.

There’s nothing magical or mysterious about making decisions.  You’ve been doing it all your life. The difference is, now you can make better decisions.  You’re learning more about your real needs, values, and priorities.  You’re discovering new options.  As you complete the following exercises and reach out to others for help and support, you’ll become more confident of your ability to make better decisions.

A plan of action

Change takes time and involves many small decisions, particularity impulsive decisions.  You have the power to improve your lifestyle, attitude and behaviour.  When you make better choices in life, you will discover hidden strengths, talents, interests and creativity inside yourself.

These questions are vital in helping us make better decisions. Learn to plan with these 4 steps before we act on making decisions by learning to:

  • Identify your real needs, values and priorities
  • Discover and evaluate options
  • Make decisions based on reality, not illusion
  • Trust your intuition, your ‘inner-ding’ as we call it or your instinct in making right choices

Making choices is part of life.  Although you do it all the time, you may not realize that you make many decisions every day.  Decisions that are a part of your daily routine become habits.  You may not think much about getting up in the morning, brushing your teeth, showering, getting dressed and making your bed.  But you do these things.

Now you’re starting to see the link between your attitude, your behaviours and the consequences of your actions.  You can become more aware of the process you use to make decisions. At The Sanctuary Plett, we can help you make these life  moves.

If you or someone you know suffers from compulsions, impulse issues, or obsessions maybe it’s time to make a decision to action and come heal with us. Whether depression, stress treatment, eating or general disorders or burnout even, may surface as an issue, maybe it’s time for real change.

For more help with changing your life and making better decisions contact The Sanctuary on 0824424779 or email

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