Making Good Decisions
Everyone has to make choices. As you grow older, you will find you need to make more choices that may begin to effect your life in the long-term. Make sure you're making the best decisions possible to have the best life you can have.

When making decisions, always remember to:
Be informed.
Being informed about your options is the first step to making a good decision. Without being fully informed, your decision will be skewed, leading you to potentially choose poorly. To ensure you have all of the information needed to make a good choice, think about the information you currently have; if you find that any of your information gives way to questions, you do not have all of the information you need to make an informed decision. If you find that you're lacking in information, do research. Make sure you have all of the facts from legitimate sites; you do not want to be misinformed when making potentially life-altering decisions.

Weigh the pros and cons of each decision.
Think about your choices and why each choice would be beneficial. Consider the potential negatives of these choices. Compare and contrast the positives and negatives to determine which choice is better.

Ensure there is no underlying issue complicating your choice.
Examine yourself and your choices. If you find an underlying issue that may be complicating your choice, take a few steps back from the decision and resolve the underlying issue. If the issue cannot easily be resolved without help, seek help from a parent/guardian, teacher, or counselor. Come back to your decision once you have a firmer grasp of the real issue without the underlying issue complicating the decision.

Take time to think about your decision.
Don't rush your decision, especially if this decision may effect the rest of your life. Making important decisions takes time, so take all of the time you need.

Talk about your decision to an unbiased family member, counselor, or teacher.
If you're having difficulty coming to a decision, discuss it would a family member, counselor, or teacher. Having an outside opinion on what may feel like an overly complex choice can offer fresh insight and a helping hand of experience.