Making a random decision can be a great way to spice up your life a little bit and not go through the same old pattern of thinking that can grind us down over the months and years. Some of us have used random decisions to see what we’re going to have for dinner, how we’ll plan our weekend and other fun activities. Some even take random decisions very seriously and use randomness for life-changing decisions.
Before you make a potentially impactful decision randomly, there are some things that you should consider. Ask yourself these five questions and you’ll know whether or not making the decision at random is the right thing to do.
Is it Safe?
In life, especially throughout our younger years, safety is oftentimes thrown to the wayside. And maybe it’s because we feel invincible, we don’t take the time to process the consequences of our actions, or perhaps, we simply don’t care. When you’re making a random decision, it’s best to consider possible dangerous outcomes at least and come up with a safety plan in response to any bumps in the road. Safety doesn’t have to minimize enjoyment. It’s healthy to be cautious and you can still have fun while doing so.
How Will it Affect Yourself and Those Around You?
If you want to practice caution before making a decision on the spot, consider how it will affect you and those around you. Oftentimes we make decisions with a specific outcome in mind. We don’t always stop to consider the repercussions that could come upon others and even ourselves during the process. It’s usually smarter and highly considerate if you think before you act. More than likely, it will save you from dealing with complications in the future.
Is it Financially Responsible?
Asking yourself if a spontaneous decision is financially practical is one of the most important factors you should consider before diving into the deep end. It’s not always the most fun part of decision-making, but it’s one you won’t regret taking the time to figure out. What’s the fun in making random decisions if it severely impacts you in a negative way financially, or otherwise? You don’t have to plan out every cent, of course. Depending on the severity of the decision you’re making should determine the amount of attention and planning you put into it.
Will it Have a Positive or Negative Outcome?
It’s common knowledge that no matter how hard we try we don’t always know what will happen next. That doesn’t mean we can’t attempt to plan for things in hopes of the outcome we desire. Some simple and focused planning can save you a headache in the future. When you’re considering making a quick decision, try to analyze the pros and cons. Try, to the best of your ability, to process whether your choice will produce a positive, or negative outcome. It may not always work out the way you wish, but your spontaneity has more likelihood to go smoothly if you think responsibly.
Is it Something You’ll Enjoy?
Peer pressure and the emotional need to be liked and accepted can override our minds and make us do stupid things. Not all split decisions are made with complete readiness and willingness. It’s important to know if a spontaneous move is being made because you truly want to, or you feel pressured by others to do it. Never give in to unwanted and inappropriate pressure put upon you by others. If you ever feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or fearful, apply your quick thinking skills to make the safer choice by removing yourself from that situation as quickly as you can. No amount of admiration, or acceptance is worth risking your safety.