Think Goals is a great decision-making tool for big life decisions.

Imagine you’ve already made a big life decision. You’ve got your new job, or maybe you’ve entered into a new relationship, now all your dreams have come true. You have all the tools, and you are filled with passion for starting your new position. Write down what you want to accomplish after taking up a new job. Writing your goals acts as a roadmap hidden in your mind.

When I made the decision to quit political activism, for many reasons, I sat and wrote down, “What would I like to do?” Then I forgot all about it.

Nine months later, I searched the internet, reading every bestselling book on podcasting, listening to podcasts, and I wanted to start my own show. I did it, and I was overwhelmed with emotions and excitement. I couldn’t sleep well, as it was very tiring being the host, editor, director, and producer at the same time. All this time, I had a full-time job. I kept asking my wife, “Why am I doing this to myself? I really don’t understand.” So, I went back to my decision sheets, and I found the following:

Start a project that is informative to people. I had completely forgotten what I wrote, but I acted like I was programmed to a destiny I had written nine months before.

Surprisingly I found that I had written many other things. Reading more and continuing my several disbanded book projects or even starting a new one. And here we are, you are reading my article on how to make life-changing decisions. Imagining the complete picture after making the big decision and accomplishing your goals is a tried and successful decision-making tool.

Next time whenever you are thinking of making a big life decision, leap forward and think about goals.

Originally published by A. I. Shoukry

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A. I. Shoukry is the founder of The Decisions Academy and a bestselling author. @ashoukry