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Problem Solved

"A rational decision may not always be legal, and a decision that is legal may not be ethical. Perhaps the main outcome of systematic reflection on problem solving and decision making is increased awareness of implications." - James R. Davis Book "Learning to Lead"

I get it. Life is tough and you are expected to make decisions for yourself regarding your current situation and future. Ultimately what we fail to realize is that even by doing nothing you are actually making a decision. To the indecisive individual this creates an overwhelming pattern of life making decisions for you. To the "Type A" control freak, plans detoured seem to really burn your toast. At any rate, we make decisions about our lives every single day. The decision to eat healthy or not, exercise or not, read or not, spiritual meditation or not... All of these decisions or lack thereof are shaping our current lives.

The question to ask yourself and to reflect on really involves self-assessment and personal desirable outcomes. When you're a student it seems everything is outlined for you. The benchmarks to learn, the curriculum, the major courses you need to take etc. Let's scrutinize the decision making process that doesn't directly involve class. Deciding when and what to study, deciding what to eat, or how you will be productive for the day are all decisions no one is helping you to make. Do I drink at this party? Do I engage in activities that could land me in jail or be life threatening? This is where you build autonomy and my favorite twins "discipline and consistency" Use decision making as a guiding principle to the desired outcomes for your life as opposed to subconsciously creating a life you aren't too fond of.

Dear Students,

You'll soon come to realize every one has decisions to make regarding their lives. Up until a certain point someone has always made those decisions for you. As you are an emerging adult coming into your own learning experiences, make decisions based on your ability to deal with the outcome and the unforeseen complexities that may be attached to that decision. Often times you may think you're solving a problem when in fact you've made it worse. Other times you will make a decision that could change the course of your life for the better. Make no mistake about it, you will make both good and bad decisions and it's ok. Always remember that every decision has an outcome. Most importantly from your decisions or lack thereof... keep going, keep learning, and keep growing.

-Dean Felder

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