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💭 How to make tough decisions (between two good choices)
An alternative to pros and cons
Last week, I mentioned that I was looking for a new travel nursing contract.
If you're not sure what that is, it's when a nurse travel to different facilities, provinces, or even countries to help with the facility's workload.
I'm happy to share that I finally found a contract that works for me, so in the next few days, I'll be traveling to Nova Scotia, another province in Canada.
But this decision didn't come easy to me.
I had to turn down another equally good contract.
So today, I'd love to talk about learning how to make tough decisions.
To sum it up, these were the pros and cons I had when coming up with a decision:
During this process, I consulted my husband and a couple of friends.
But the problem with consulting friends or family is that they come with their own biases.
For instance, my husband would prefer the Ontario assignment because we would be closer to each other. And my other travel nursing friend would go for the money (because he also has experience in it).
So instead of listening to others, a better question for yourself is this:
"What do I want to get out of this experience?"
When I started travel nursing, I wanted to experience it for the sake of experiencing. But now, I must choose the opportunity that serves my goals (financial freedom).
This means that the assignment needs to satisfy the following:
Very high pay
Time to create YouTube videos
Gives me a sense of adventure
Doing the Ontario assignment would've satisfied the first two but not the last two.
My friends in Nova Scotia informed me that the workload is good, and also, traveling to a new place is always a plus for me.
What makes this decision so tough is the fact that there are different pros on each side. It’s a big pro to spend summer at home with friends and family while also getting paid well.
But I’m craving something new, so I decided to go with the more *uncomfortable* option.
It's a matter of what you want to experience.
If you're having difficulty deciding, I hope this framework helps you.
Let me know in the comments if you need help making a decision right now and want to hear from others.
Talk to you from Nova Scotia,
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