How many of us will make poor decisions in the future? 100%
There are several reasons for this perfect score.
We don’t spend any time with our brain! We don’t take the time to understand how our brains process information, but more importantly how it tricks us into believing we know something when we don’t or when it leads us into believing that we have all the information we need, when we don’t.
Our emotions, not our logic, makes important decisions. We all believe that we are logical and rational human beings. And we are, most of the time. But we are dead wrong when we thing that it is our logical mind that makes the decision. In fact, the opposite is true. Our emotional brain makes the decision and then convinces our logical brain that it is the right decision. Think about what your decision will be about marrying someone or promoting someone if you are really like them vs. if you don’t care much for the individual.
Our concept of what is good and bad is itself flawed. What appears as a big failure at one point in time turns out to be the doorway to an extraordinary success story or a story where we find ourselves being true and purposeful to who we are. We are quick to judge our decisions, rather than letting it wait to see the big picture. This is dangerous because we arrive at the wrong conclusions as to why we made a wrong decision and thereby shut the door to the very skills and traits that will lead to great successes.
Bottom line: read books on how the human brain works; it will be the best investment you make in understanding yourself better. Watch your emotions and trace how your emotions guide your decisions; finally, very few things in life are permanently good or permanently bad. Hold the judgement. Step back and trace the path that led to the decision that you made. Time will tell whether it was good or bad and when it does, remind yourself that everything in life is relative!
Real courage is to step back and look at the decisions we made with equanimity. Then move on. Do good. Do great things. Step back. Observe. Learn. Do. Repeat.