In going through a pile of long-expired coupons, car air fresheners and bottom-tier refrigerator magnets I came across this e-mail printout Lib sent me several years ago.
During the year we lived in Fayetteville I was editing a tiny online journal and when the publisher decided to expand to the Greenville, S.C., area, I suggested that he interview Lib. (I don't even remember the job description, Lib -- do you?)
Somehow during the course of that interview he wound up outlining this decision-making model for her and she then passed it on to me. (He offered her the position, but she declined, which was definitely the right move, especially in retrospect.)
I think it's a handy guide and I'm glad I found it.
1. Define your life purpose. This can and should be really broad.
2. Answer the following three questions with as much detail as possible:
- What do I want to achieve?
- What do I want to avoid?
- What do I want to maintain (e.g. relationships, proximity to family, etc.)?
3. Rank these answers: mandatory, high priority and low priority. Mandatory likely will steer your decision.
4. Look at your options and consider them in light of your answers and rankings. If all three meet your mandatory, go to high priority and then, if needed, low priority.