Looking for a Sign When Making a Decision

When we have tough decisions to make – decisions with no crystal clear right choice – we often look for signs. In a recent conversation, I was asking someone which path they were going to take and their answer was they were just going to sit on the fence right now until they got a sign letting them know whether to go left or right. Of course, it would be nice if we received confirmation from the Universe that a decision is the exact right one, but that’s not usually how life works.

We have all faced decisions where we just weren’t sure we were making the right one. During this time of uncertainty, we likely “sat on the fence,” too. Trying to keep a foot in both places while awaiting the confirming sign from the Universe. But if you’re at the crossroads of a decision, the Universe has already sent you the sign. The sign is a change is necessary. THAT’s the sign. The beauty of the human experience is there are rarely two options with one being clearly right and one being clearly wrong. There are many options, with some better than others, but all of them come with pros and cons.

When faced with a difficult decision, the lesson may be found in the deciding, not in the actual decision. There have been numerous studies that show once we make a decision, we tend to believe it was the right one. Although perspective has a lot to do with this. If you are looking for reasons why it was the right reason, you’ll find them, but if you’re looking for reasons why it wasn’t, well you’ll find those, too.

You always have the resources to make a decision. Whether that’s based on your own gut instinct, life experience, or logic, the answer lies within you. When you are clear that there is an unhappiness, unsettling or some other ongoing discomfort alerting you to the need for change, that’s the Universe telling you that you’re ready for it. It’s only when you get lost in your head, and doubt your intuitive skills and abilities, that you start questioning your readiness for change. Trust that the Universe is sending you a sign – a sign that you’re ready. You’re ready to face this uncertainty. You’re ready to find the answer. You’re ready to make a change. You are being challenged to change. It may be a small change or a big change; it may be a change in your behavior or your perspective, but change is necessary.

Stop doubting your ability to make this decision. You are resilient and life is trying to provide you with another beautiful lesson. Embrace it, lean into it, and move forward.  The sign is there, it’s within you, it always has been. But you cannot truly move forward while keeping one foot firmly planted in yesterday. Commit to forward movement, even if today it’s just a baby step. Trust that you have all the tools you need to make a decision, because that’s the sign the Universe is trying to send you.

Your turn! Share in the comments section a time you trusted your inner wisdom and made a tough decision.

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Comments

  1. what a unique and interesting perspective on the often-talked-about idea of waiting for the universe to give us a sign, april. your words are very wise, very motivating . . . “the sign is there, it’s within you, it always has been.”

  2. I love your thoughts on this topic. We are so often afraid of making a change and need “that” sign.. but like you point out, we can tweak our perceptions of the universe to shift one way or another… Nike really hit it when they said “just do it!” When I am hesitant, I try to always ask myself.. what’s the worst that could happen.. if no one will die or get harmed, then its time to put my big girl pants on and move forward!

  3. I like your percetions on the decision making. We often have hard times to make decisions because we are so comfortable in being comfortable and we are afraid of change, and then we find excuses and reasons that not to change. We ignore our guts instinct and what universe tells us. It is difficult and scary but I learned to listen my guts and the signs, and it has made my life better.

  4. What a powerful statement. “you cannot truly move forward while keeping one foot firmly planted in yesterday”. So true and yet something we often forget in the midst of our indecision. That’s for helping to reframe this

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