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Life decisions - Le Bon Journal ezine questions

The theme of the next issue of the quarterly online publication Le Bon Journal is about decision making, in particular, life decisions.

Life decisions are those decisions that change your life and its context in a big way. We're not talking about situations in which you have no choice. When I chose to study in the US, I had not considered the alternative of studying elsewhere. Although it was a life-changing move, it was not a decision.

A decision occurs when you consciously choose among alternatives. It is not a decision if you have no choice or don't need to choose.

Here are some examples of life decisions:

  • relocation or uprooting
  • professional qualification
  • life partner
  • career change
  • retirement
  • religious change
  • commitment

For the 15th October 2004 issue of Le Bon Journal e-zine, we are inviting you to contribute up to 700 words by the deadline of 15th September 2004 on the topic of life decisions. The following questions will help you draft your submission.

Think of a significant and interesting life decision you've made in the past.

  1. Describe what it was and why it was a life decision.
  2. What were the factors that most influenced how you decided?
  3. How long did you "dwell" on it, struggle with it, or analyse it before choosing a course of action?
  4. Describe your approach.
    a) Did you consult other people?
    b) Did you use the process of elimination?
    c) Were you conscious of how you made the decision?
    d) What were your considerations?
    e) What were your constraints?
    f) What were your values?
    g) What were your alternatives?
  5. What was the hardest part of your decision?
  6. After you made the decision, did you stick to it? Or did you back track?
  7. Did you get a good outcome?
  8. Did you regret what you did?
  9. In hindsight, what would you have done differently?
  10. How would you advise others to approach such a life decision to get a better outcome?

Please include a short paragraph about yourself and whether or not you wish to remain anonymous. All submitted work will be edited for clarity and length.

Please submit by e-mail to the editor at

15 August 2004 Sunday

Related links:
Career change and second passions, Le Bon Journal e-zine, Volume 3, Issue 5, 15 July 2004, 8 page PDF
Life decisions by Frances Ku
Decision making workshop, 18 September 2004
Le Bon Journal e-zine
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Anne Ku at Ilp in May 2001
Anne Ku

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