Season Two: How To Make A Choice
We all make thousands of decisions every single day. Choice is a beautiful opportunity, but it can feel overwhelming. Weighing options, predicting consequences, and considering the impact on others, we try to navigate our choices as best we can. How do we make the best decisions possible? How do we hold on to consistent values in the midst of so many influences? How do we know whether what we are stressing over is even our decision to make? In Season Two of The Crossroad Podcast, we explore these questions and the many complicated factors that go into How To Make A Choice.
Ep 12: Choice and Influence
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie discuss how decision making impacts our ability to lead. The consequences of our choices do not just affect us. With every decision we make, our ability to influence others is either growing or shrinking. We should not make decisions solely for the influence it gets us – that is manipulation. But as we make decisions in alignment with our true character, we also steward an increased ability to lead.
Ep 11: Boundaries
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie discuss boundary setting. The very act of choosing establishes a boundary. That is one of the reasons it is so tough for us. As we endeavor to make better choices, an awareness and intention around the role of boundaries will serve us well. We need to set boundaries for ourselves, honor the boundaries of others, and recognize when setting boundaries is appropriate and when it is not. Good boundaries provide healthy parameters for our decision making, cultivating an atmosphere in which they can thrive.
Ep 10: The Sweet Spot
When we encounter a choice, we often rush through it, grabbing a decision too quickly. Just as often, we wait too long, lingering and avoiding, hoping the right decision will fall into our laps. In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie discuss how to find the sweet spot in between these pitfalls. How do we take careful consideration but not overthink? How do we weigh the options without being buried by them? Learning to operate within your sweet spot is an essential key to making good decisions.
Ep 9: Recovering from A Bad Choice
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie discuss what to do after a bad choice. There are so many decisions to be made. We will inevitably, eventually, make a bad one. How do we even know what is a bad decision and what is a good one? And, once we identify we have indeed made a bad choice, how should we proceed. Recovering from a bad choice takes awareness and intention. With a consistent eye on our values and a commitment to truth, we can avoid being defined by our poor choices. And use the mistakes that come as an opportunity to learn and improve.
Ep 8: Making Progress
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie are joined by special guest Serena Tuomi. We continue our discussion on avoiding choices, focusing on how to proceed and grow in decision-making capability. Covering Enneagram tendencies, boundary setting, time management, and a host of other categories, the team at Crossroad share stories and tips about making courageous choices.
Ep 7: Avoiding Choices
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie discuss the temptation to avoid choices. Sometimes we just want to pull the cover over our heads and punt to another day. Unfortunately, decision making is not that easy. Even delaying a choice is a choice. Our decisions follow us and they all have consequences. Joey and Kylie discuss why we try to avoid choices, the consequences of doing so, and ways we can learn to make our choices with grace and courage.
Ep 6: Fear of Imaginary Negative Consequences
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie are joined by Tim Dunn as they talk about the fear of imaginary negative consequences. You have heard of FOMO. What is FOINC-ing and how does it affect our ability to decide? Our ability to foresee potential outcomes can be one of our greatest assets. It can also be one of our greatest sources of deceit. Recognizing this reality and its influence on us can help us to make better decisions.
Ep 5: Uncertain Choices
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie talk about one of the most difficult realties humans have to face: uncertainty. There is no perfect formula for decision making. Life is complex. What do we do when potential consequences are heavy and certainty elusive? We do not need certainty to make choices, but we do need courage. In this episode, we explore the implications of what it looks like to be a courageous, if uncertain, decision-maker.
Ep 4: Values Based Choices
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie get into the heart of good decision-making. Understanding our values is the key to making consistent choices. All of our decisions are a byproduct of a value proposition. If we are not clear about our deepest and truest values, we will borrow what others say is important, what the popular culture deems worthy, or some superficial/short-term manifestation of what matters most. Naming values, truly, can help give confidence, clarity, and consistency to our decision-making.
Ep 3: Who Has The Power To Decide
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie discuss one of the most popular coping mechanisms we introduced in the last episode – borrowing choices. To avoid our own decisions, we often try to take on the choices of others. It is safer, the consequences are a little further away. Joey and Kylie will discuss the three things you can control and the difficult but vital practice of focusing on your own choices.
Ep 2: The Prevalence of Choices
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie talk about the prevalence of choices and some of the ways we cope with this incessant reality in our lives. Many of the times, we make our decisions without even knowing why (or that we are making them!). Other times, we hide or run from choices, enacting any number of coping mechanisms to try to avoid the power and responsibility that comes from making a decision. Yet, even avoidance is a choice. How can we begin to face choices with courage and intention?
Ep 1: The Power of Choices
In this episode of The Crossroad Podcast, Joey and Kylie introduce our Season Two topic: choices. We are all decision-making entities. We make thousands, if not millions, of choices every day. Setting up for the rest of Season Two, Joey and Kylie talk about the power of choices, how they shape and mold our character, and how they impact our ability to lead, influence others, and affect the world around us.