Leap forward is a great decision-making tool for big life decisions.

One of the greatest tools to explore the effect of decisions on your life is the future leap. Leap ahead in time, and just think of the future. Where do you want to be in the next year, five years, or maybe ten years?

Can you imagine yourself with your partner for the next ten years, or have you reached a point where you can’t handle it anymore? Do you see yourself in this job and this office with these colleagues for the next year?

If you can imagine yourself in the same position with those time leaps, then you don’t have to decide at this time. If you can’t, start your decision-making process right now and get yourself out of your current position.

When Jeff Bezos decided to leave his full-time job and start an online bookstore, he talked about the “regret minimization framework.”[1] Amazon later turned out to be more than a 1.5 billion dollar company (Amazon) in 2021. In his speech to Princeton University baccalaureate class of 2010, he said, “I didn’t think I’d regret trying and failing. And I suspected I would always be haunted by a decision to not try at all. After much consideration, I took the less safe path to follow my passion, and I’m proud of that choice.”[2]

When you leap forward to make decisions, you avoid later regret because you’ve considered your future as part of the decision.

A. Shoukry

Originally published by A. I. Shoukry

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[1] Stone B. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. Transworld; 2013.

[2] 2010 Baccalaureate Remarks. https://www.princeton.edu/news/2010/05/30/2010-baccalaureate-remarks. Accessed Mrach 16, 2021.