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9 Decision Making Lessons from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita

Each of one us has to make the decisions in our life. And even every day we make a lot of decisions. The decision which you might have taken in the past are responsible for where you stand today. And the decision which you will take today will be responsible for what you will be tomorrow. One right decision can make you the topmost person on this planet and one wrong decision can take you to the worst of the situations possible on this planet.

There are a lot of people who consider Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta only a holy book. But the truth is that this holy book will give a better way towards life. Today I will tell you a few things which you need to consider before taking any decision. Actually, these things or lessons are derived from Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta. These lessons or things were given by Lord Krishna 5000 thousand years ago.

Shrimad Bhagvat Geeta
Shrimad Bhagvat Geeta

Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta is the ultimate solution book for everyone. If anyone of you finds yourself stuck in the race of life give a shot and read this book and bet me you will get the solution to your problems. The problem with our generation is that it considers Shrimat Bhagavad Geeta as a holy book and thinks that it is to be read in old age only. But the truth is, it is a must-read book for every youngster to live a better and purposeful life.

1. Never take decisions on the basis of your feelings

During the battle of Mahabharata, Arjun refused to fight against his cousins and relatives because it makes him feel sad. But Lord Krishna showed him the right path. In the modern world, we can see that a student feels happy while watching a movie. While on the other hand, studying makes him feel boring and sad. But in a long run studying will be beneficial for the student.

Bhagvada geeta
Feelings

Thus while making any decisions keep your feelings aside. If a decision is making you feel better it doesn’t mean, it is good for you. Because feelings are temporary.

2. Avoid taking decisions in Extreme emotions

In chapter 6th of Bhagavad Geeta, Shri Krishna says that we have to maintain a balance in our life. Thus do not take a decision when you are feeling too happy or too sad. The decision taken in such situation mostly takes you to the worst situation.

Shrimad Bhagvada Geeta
Extreme emotions

For example, if you are too happy, and anyone asks anything from you, you will happily say yes for anything to that person. And similarly, if you are feeling too sad then even if someone asks about how you are doing then you might be hearted by that also. Actually, our brain reacts a bit differently when we are too happy or too sad. So avoid taking decisions in Extreme emotions.

3. Ask yourself  “Am I taking this decision in anger or attachment

Bhagvada gita
Anger

Every time you take any decision, ask yourself this question. And if the answer is “Yes” then you have to again consider your decision. For example, if your younger brother has done something wrong and though he is your brother, you take him leniently. But it may prove harmful to him in the future.

Bhagwada geeta
Attachment

In today’s scenario, people take so many severe decisions in anger and then regret after their brain settles down. Even people do not hesitate in taking the life of other person and commits severe crimes such as murder, just because of anger. Thus it is very important to take the decision when you are out of the control of your anger because it can very dangerous not only for others but for you also.

4. Am I focusing only on the results

If you will read Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta then you will observe that there is one word which was used again and again in the book. And that is “Nishkama Karma” which means Just do your deeds (Karma) and do not care about the results. This is the true quality of a “Karmayogi”. You have given up doing a lot of good things just because you were not able to see the results of it.

Bhagvada geetha
Focus on the results

For example, You have started to go on a morning walk every day. But after some days you have stopped. Because you were not able to lose your weight. Just because you were unable to see the results you have stopped your “karma” as well. So remember while taking any decision that the results are not in your hands. You just have to work hard and do your job (Karma), rest of the things (results) are not in your hands.

lessons from Bhagvada geeta
Morning Walk

In the book “who moved my cheese” the Spencer Johnson says that the “Change is the law of Nature”. “Feel the fear and do it anyway,” in this book Susan Jeffers says us to move out of our comfort zone. In Bhagavad Geeta also Shri Krishna says, “Do not fear from the Change”, because Change is the only constant and is good. We usually become comfortable with something. But while making any decision we need to come out of that comfort zone and then take the decision.

Arjun was not ready for the war but Change is Nature’s rule. The Arjun was fearing to lose his relatives but this fear of Arjun was his comfort zone. And Lord Krishna helped him to move out of his comfort zone.

5. Have Faith in your decision

Faith
Faith

In the chapter 17th, shloka 28th of Bhagavad Geeta it is said that whatever we do without faith is useless. So before taking any decision always thinks that does it seem right to you and do you have a strong belief in it. Believe and faith are the two very strong pillars with which one can even move mountains. Without faith and belief, the decision you make is weak and you will not be able to stick to your decision. Thus, take a realistic decision and have a firm belief in yourself and the lord.

6. Keep your goals high

High Goals
High Goals

In Chapter 3 and shloka 21 it is given that “Whatever action a Great man performs, the Common man follows”. Lord Krishna is considered as lord just because Shri Krishna has kept his goals much higher than the average person. So always ask yourself while making any decision that Is your goal high enough? Could you easily achieve that? While making any decision always keep your thinking and goals high.

7. What is good for society is good for you

In chapter 3rd of Bhagavad Geeta, Lord Krishna says that something which is not good for the society can never be good for you. If any of your action brings good to you but will harm others then do not take that decision.

Good for society
Good for society

For example, If you are keeping your house clean but throwing the garbage in your surroundings or on the streets then it will ultimately affect you. Because this will give rise to the diseases in the surrounding and ultimately will affect you only. Thus always keep in mind while making any decision that something which is not good for the society can never be good for you.

8. Trust in the Lord

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Believe, Trust and Faith are some magical words which have the power to move the mountains. So while making any decision always have trust in the lord. Keep believing in yourself and the power in which you believe. Also, have a firm belief in the phrase “Whatever happens, happens for its best” and will take place only for the betterment of you.

9. Right counseling can lead to better decision

Right Counseling
Right Counseling

While making any decision it is always to talk with the people you trust. They may be your friends, family, members and your teachers etc. Though Arjun was a wise man, but when he was confused, he talks to his friend Krishna and asks for his help and advice and rest is history. Thus its good to take advice from a wise person which will help you to take the decision. This right counseling will help you to take a better decision.

 

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