You’ve likely had numerous occasions in life where you had to make a major decision regarding careers, relationships, residences, investments, family, children, and other realms of life responsibilities that have significantly impacted your happiness, fulfillment, and contentment. What are the primary factors that formulate a correct decision? What influences have impacted your decision making process? Did you make a decision? Or were the fears of failure and/or rejection too strong to prevent you from being decisive? Do you ever employ faith or some spiritual influence as an ingredient in a decision? Are you more analytical or emotional in making your final choice?

Chances are you’ve been around the block of life experience a few times, and in the process have gained valuable experience to build upon a sense of personal confidence and self-respect. Believe in that sense of self, and believe in the confidence you possess to make a correct decision. The core values that collectively form the personality of your character are the foundation for your confidence and create a subconscious intuitive ability for you to make the correct choice when the challenge of making a decision arises. Your intuition, an understanding of your core values, respect for yourself, and a gut felt sense of what is right are the catalysts for propelling yourself to be confident, insightful, and decisive.

Your Inner Voice Doesn’t Lie
Intuition is defined as “a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.” Every generation has economic and social stressors, and these things increase the need for people to be more conscientious and analytical in regard to how we live on a daily basis. However, never neglect what your intuition may be telling you.

Intuition should be thoughtful not spontaneous, and intuition collectively with diligent research will equal a successful decision made. Always take the time to weigh the pros and cons of a decision, and consider all the factors involved in coming to a right conclusion. It is this combination of being analytical and intuitively thoughtful that is extremely influential in making the right decision. It is difficult to regret a choice that collectively feels so right.

Another area that influences your intuitive thought process is your degree of spirituality. This does not mean you have to believe in any specific structured religion or deity; that is a personal choice. However, you need to have a belief in something greater than yourself, and the possibility to acknowledge that you don’t have all the answers, all the time. When life is overwhelming, it is emotionally and physically healthier to believe there is a purpose behind the madness.

Trust Yourself
Individual purpose is created and driven through our service to others. Your faith in your own purpose will intuitively impact your success in making correct and core value based decisions. It has been and will be your choices that create and define who you are. Everyone has made both good and bad decisions. It is how you handle your mistakes that determines your character, and it is how you contend with success that determines your level of humility. Handle both wisely, trust your intuition, and respect yourself.

Author's Bio: 

Jay C. Rifenbary, an internationally renowned inspirational speaker, trainer, and consultant, is president of Rifenbary Training & Development and author of two books, True To Your Core: Common Sense Values for Living Life to Its Fullest and No Excuse! Incorporating Core Values, Accountability, and Balance into Your Life and Career. Jay's presentations have been unlimited in their scope of the positive impact they have had and continue to have on organizations, associations, schools, and individuals in the areas of personal and professional core value development and leadership training. Visit for more information.