Success Engine: How To Stop Making Bad Decisions

written by

Today At A Glance

  • Question: Do You Make Bad Decisions?
  • Deep Dive: How To Recognize Bad Decisions

reading time: 3 minutes


Do You Make Bad Decisions?

It can be difficult to recognize when you’re making poor decisions. In fact, bad decisions often feel like good decisions when you’re making them. As a result, you can easily get stuck in a pattern of repeating the same mistakes.

In this week’s deep dive, I want to help you break the cycle of consistently making bad decisions.

Deep Dive

If you like this week’s deep dive, my full-length video and article go even deeper.

Why You Make Bad Decisions

The following two reasons explain why you might be making poor decisions.

1. It Feels Good

Your brain has a built-in reward system that helps you survive. Every time you do something that increases your odds of survival, this system releases chemicals that produce feelings of pleasure. As a result, you feel motivated to repeat those behaviors.

However, there’s a problem. Your reward system developed through millions of years of evolution. For much of that time, our ancestor’s biggest challenge was staying alive.

For this reason, the reward system in your brain prefers behaviors that increase your odds of short-term survival. This explains why eating high-calorie food is so enjoyable. If you didn’t know when you’d find your next meal, it made sense to overeat every time you could.

But, times have changed. For many of us, food exists in abundance, and daily survival is no longer our primary concern.

Because of this, many behaviors that offer short-term rewards have become harmful when repeated consistently. For example, consider the consequences of overeating every day.

2. You’re Avoiding The Consequences Of A Good Decision

Sometimes good decisions cause short-term pain. For example, if you quit your job at an unethical company, you must deal with the consequences of unemployment.

Or, assume you’re lonely and you’ve been asked on a second date by someone who isn’t a great fit. Even though it’s wise to say no, doing so means you’ll remain lonely.

When the right decision leads to short-term pain, it’s easy to make the wrong decision. People who fall into this trap forget to think long-term.

For instance, going on a second date will solve the short-term problem of feeling lonely. But, getting into a relationship with the wrong person will cause far greater long-term problems.

How To Make Better Decisions

The following idea can help you make better decisions.

Think Long-Term

We all love to feel good, but as you’ve seen, chasing short-term highs can lead to long-term problems. To prevent this issue, ask yourself a simple question. What will my future look like if I make or continue making this decision?

If you don’t like the answer to that question, it’s time to rethink what you’re doing.

Want More?

Check out my full-length video and article on loneliness.

DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that the information presented in this email is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The creator of this email is not a licensed financial advisor and any decisions made based on this information are at your own risk. It’s important to consult with a qualified financial professional before making any financial decisions, as this information does not consider individual investment goals, risk preferences, or financial situations. Please remember that past performance does not guarantee future results, and all investments involve risk, including the potential loss of your initial investment.


Chris Thornham 80/20 Financial Planner
Take Control Of Your Finances

Reduce financial stress, reach financial freedom, and achieve financial goals like buying a home, paying off debt, and investing for retirement.

Ten Thousand Dollar Giveaway Sweepstakes Entry Contract

By entering this Ten Thousand Dollar Giveaway Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”), you agree to the following terms and conditions:

1. Eligibility: This Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, contractors, directors, and officers of LLC, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their same households, are not eligible to participate.

2. How to Enter: To enter, visit, and complete the entry form with a valid email address. No purchase is necessary. Only one entry per person is permitted. Automated, robotic, or programmed entries are not allowed, and any such entries will be void.

3. Winner Selection: The winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The winner will be notified by email and will have 30 days to respond and claim the prize.

4. Prize: The prize for this Sweepstakes is $10,000 USD. No substitution or transfer of the prize is permitted, and no other alternative will be offered. All taxes, fees, and other expenses related to the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. The prize will only be awarded if at least 10,000 eligible entries are received during the Sweepstakes period. If less than 10,000 eligible entries are received, LLC reserves the right to cancel the Sweepstakes, in which case no prize will be awarded. LLC may, at its discretion, extend the Sweepstakes period in order to reach the minimum number of eligible entries required to award the prize.

5. General Conditions: By entering this Sweepstakes, you agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of LLC, which are final and binding in all respects. LLC reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, violates these official rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. The use of any automated or programmed entry method or any other means to obtain multiple entries is prohibited and will result in disqualification.

6. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in this Sweepstakes, you agree to release and hold harmless LLC, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability, injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with your participation in the Sweepstakes, the awarding, receipt, use, or misuse of any prize, or any other matter related to the Sweepstakes. LLC is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, technical failures, or any other errors or problems that may occur in connection with the Sweepstakes, including any injury or damage to your computer or mobile device.

7. Governing Law: This Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of California, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

8. Privacy Policy: Information collected from entrants is subject to LLC’s privacy policy, which can be found at

9. LLC reserves the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, for any reason, including but not limited to any error, technical problem, fraud, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the company that affects the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In the event of any such modification, suspension, or termination, the company may, in its sole discretion, choose to extend or shorten the Sweepstakes period by up to one year from the original end date of May 4, 2023.

By entering this Sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you have read and understood these official rules and agree to be bound by them. If you do not agree to these terms, do not enter the Sweepstakes.