When I tell people about how I've spent the past 15 years studying decision analysis and how to apply it to personal decision making, I often get met with some version of:
"Wow, I totally need to learn that! I'm horrible at making decisions. What would be one tip you could share with me to help me make better decisions."
To quote the Spice Girls, I would say, "Tell me what you want, what you really, really want."
It's that simple. Sure, there is a lot I could share about how to make better decisions. (That's what this blog is for, after all.) Yet the most common mistake I see people make is trying to compare their options before articulating what it is that they want in the first place.
So, tell me. (Say it out loud, or write it down.)
What do YOU want. (You. Not what your peers want. Not what society says you should want.)
What do you really, really want. (Sift through the list and identify your top priorities.)
Now use that as your compass.