Good decision | Bad outcome

“A good decision is one that a logical, intelligent and informed person would have made under the circumstances as they appeared at the time, before the outcome was known.” — Howard Marks


Don’t let the unknown future paralyze you from making good decisions today.

Or put another way, don’t equate a good outcome with making good decisions. (Sometimes you’re just lucky or living off the benefits of other people’s good decisions.)

Judging whether or not you made a good decision after seeing the outcome is like shooting an arrow and then drawing the bull’s eye around it.

If that was how life worked then everyone would be a great marksman and everyone would be a great decision maker. But that is not how life works.

The way life works is you take the information you have now and make the most informed and wise decision you can (pray a lot!) and then make adjustments as the picture becomes clearer.

And in the end…who knows now…it may work or it may not, but that is no indicator of whether or not you made a good decision.

The ONE THING for today: There’s already enough pressure on you without beating yourself up on the results of good decisions you made that didn’t turn out the way you planned. Life happens. Make the best decisions you can today with the information you have and deal with the outcome when the time comes. The good news is you’re be wiser and in a position to make an even better decision if things don’t turn out the way you planned.

Photo by Tim Johnson on Unsplash

2 thoughts on “Good decision | Bad outcome

  1. Haven’t been following your blogs, but I’m going to try to do better – I keep hearing they’re so good! Love you and Sonja


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