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Making Realistic Decisions

Realistic Decisions

Decisive individuals tend to be realistic, self-confident, and action oriented. Being realistic is a key characteristic when it comes to assessing alternatives and choosing the most appropriate one to achieve your objective.

Being realistic actually involves at least three traits: being able to balance optimism and pessimism, being analytical, and being clear headed.

Being decisive doesn’t just mean making as many decisions as possible — it means making good decisions quickly and confidently. If your thinking is too negative or too positive, that will impair your decision-making abilities.

One trait that makes decisive individuals more realistic than indecisive people is their ability to balance optimism and pessimism in their thinking.

Optimists believe goals can be achieved in the long run. Believing that failure is a temporary setback on the road to success tends to make optimism more productive and motivating than pessimism.

However, extreme optimism can lead you to overlook, ignore, or miss problems. By contrast, pessimism is a way of thinking defined by the general view that life and outcomes will be negative.

Although pessimism creates a generally negative view, thinking pessimistically occasionally is actually a good way to identify problems and overcome obstacles. At its extreme, pessimism is very demotivating because a negative outcome is assumed to be inevitable.