Decisions and Experiments
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Part of the difficulty of making decisions is the feeling that our worth depends on how they work out. This creates a lot of pressure that is really unhelpful for using our brains effectively, which makes things even harder. When we cognitively reconfigure our life situations, as opportunities to experiment and learn, no matter what happens it is no more than that, a lesson learned and an opportunity to gain life experience that is instructive for the future.
Whether in a job, or a relationship, few bad decisions are permanent in their impact or personally defining. Even if we make a poor decision, these are often our best teachers and we emerge from them wiser and more resilient.