Avoiding a “Tangled Necklace”

You get home from a nice night out and your only thought is about hitting that pillow! So, what do you do? Quickly kick off those heels, put on something comfortable, and you take off that long, beautiful necklace and throw it on your dresser…lights out. The next time you decide to wear that necklace, you pick it up, ready to accessorize and in front of your face you have a tangled mess. Sometimes, we let life get that way…

We become so wrapped up in the moment that we don’t plan for what’s ahead and before we know it, all of those individual impulse decisions create one big tangled mess. Many times, when you make impulse decisions, you’re not thinking clearly and your thinking is one-sided – at that moment, you only know why you SHOULD buy that brand new car. Instead, try asking yourself why you SHOULDN’T buy the car. By doing this, you are allowing yourself to have options. When you create options for yourself, you begin to approach the situation with an open mind and not as a one-way street.

Every decision has a consequence – cause and effect. We have much more power than we realize in determining the outcome of a situation just by how we approach the situation! Here are some things to consider that can help you avoid making an impulse decision:

  1. Consider the pros and cons.
  2. Consider the short-term and long-term results of your decision. Write them down if you have to visualize a bit.
  3. Consider asking for advice, but make sure the source you’re asking will not sway you a specific way. Many times, we try and pretend we are asking for help, when we already know that we are going to that person because they’ll tell us what we want to hear!
  4. Consider your options. ALWAYS remember that you don’t have to make a decision on the spot. Test drive several cars – give it a couple weeks. Visit a few colleges – it’s your future you’re talking about and it’s worth taking your time!

Look, we’re human and we all make impulse decisions. The important thing to remember is that even if you’re not happy with the result, you can learn and move on! You’re still in control.

So, just like we could have avoided a tangled necklace by placing it neatly in the jewelry box before bed, let’s do what we can to keep life untangled!

— Jen

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