Moving abroad can train us to make positive decisions in our life, whatever they may be.

April 25th 2019

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most important thing in life is the freedom of choice.

Our brain is a toolbox and we have to use the tools available in order to live our lives to the full.

Decision makers know who they are and what they want and are self-determined. They have self-management and they implement their decisions in their daily lives and businesses. They stand by what they feel is right.

What do you believe in? If we understand what we need then we act on our beliefs in a more committed and dedicated way. Do you believe in safety and security? Then you will most likely prioritise living in a country where you can walk around at night alone or keep your front door unlocked. Do you believe in a healthy diet and local sourced fresh foods? Then you will most likely live close to nature in a country rich in fresh food sources. With so many options it is easy to become overwhelmed and find it difficult to make a decision as to where to go, or even to go at all.

Stimulus overflow, having too many options prevents us from being able to make effective decisions. It is a decision trap. There is so much choice and yet it is very difficult to know which one to opt for.  Stress to be perform highly in our lives is another decision trap, and finally perfectionism also prevents action. Decision makers make decisions based on 80% of the information they need in order to make the decision. Therefore it is usually best to evaluate choice or next steps based on a ‘good enough for now’ approach rather than be concerned about the perfect solution that will make us perform the best.

The other problem when making decisions, including the one to move to a new country, is the force of habit. When old ways of making decisions are applied to new situations we end up making ineffective decisions and repeating patterns of behaviours that are sometimes negative. It takes a long time to change habits and ‘old habits die hard’ as they say. Big decisions such as moving to a new country can paralyse us and prevent us from taking action in something that may be extremely rewarding.

In the brain, the thalamus processes the information to the frontal cortex but under stress, the stress hormone, cortisol, prevents the thalamus from functioning effectively. The amygdala then steps in to help and overrides our systems and facilitates a ‘fight or flight’ response, and when it comes to making big decisions, we usually run away and avoid them. So we end up in this repeated stressful vicious circle of evaluation of options and considerations and before we know it, our whole life has gone by and we haven’t moved an inch.

To train your brain to work more effectively and avoid this block, decision makers constantly put themselves out of their comfort zone, changing things frequently and the brain works to make decisions without effort.  We become so used to making small decisions that the big ones seem easier to evaluate and implement.

Therefore, changing your life and location can be a fantastic way to become ‘unblocked’ and make positive and effective decisions in your life, forever!

Our arrival on this earth as new-borns was something we didn’t get to decide; However, we can decide if our life is of significance; So make your decision; Today.

Do you need help in deciding where to go to next? Contact us to for a session that will help you to choose the right new location for yourself or your family.

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