With everything going on in the world today, making decisions can feel overwhelming and complicated. This is because you’re fighting two forces: uncertainty (you don’t have all the information you need) and ambiguity (the best outcome is a matter of interpretation). To fight uncertainty you can try to gather more information, but make a tough call in the face of ambiguity, you need to start from your own vision of success. Dig deep and answer the question, “What do I value the most?” If you’re a parent who wants to raise a good kid, for example, what does that mean to you? Is it one who’s academically successful? Who’s close to their family? Who’s good at team sports? Your answer — rooted in your values — will help you identify what has to happen to get to the outcome you desire. That’s what should guide your decision making every step of the way.

This tip is adapted from “When Managing Through Ambiguity, Develop a Clear Vision,” by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn

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