When Feeling Impulsive

by Rachel Miller

December 9, 2022

ABOVE : Beazy

When you want to do something, but you’re not sure if it’s the right decision.

Consider:

  • Ask yourself:
    • What do you want to feel when you lay your head on your pillow tonight?
    • What decision will make you feel that way?
    • What will make you feel most proud at the end of the day?

  • Notice any defensiveness to one choice or another. Notice any internal protest or excuses: “But it’s not bad! You’re too strict!”
    Consider how interesting this is! Ask yourself:
    • Why are you so resistive?
    • Why are you so attached to this thing?
    • Why does it bother you so much for it to be taken away?
    • For what purpose, really, did you want this in the first place?

  • Use your reaction to help you make the best decision.
    • If it’s not a “big” deal. If it’s “not bad,” as you say, then why the outrage? Why the strong reaction to denying yourself this small and simple thing?
    • Remind yourself that what you least feel like doing in the moment is often what makes you happiest.

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