Your judgement was perfectly formed with a curated selection of experiences you have lived through. When we were five and had hardly experienced anything, just about every decision we made was wrong in one way or another. Once you're an adult, you have somewhat lived enough to make decisions based on the experiences you've had. Now, I'm not saying don't listen to your elders.. always listen to them, they've experienced more than you. But, when the moment comes to make a decision it can only go two ways: good or bad. If the thought out decision YOU made happens to go wrong, it is easier to accept your consequences than if someone else had told you to make a certain decision and you were stuck paying the consequences.
2. Finish strong
Whether it's a workout or an assignment.. finish strong. The same way you don't wait until your car completely breaks down to finally put gas, don't wait until you're knocked out to stop. Remember to always finish right before you're on empty. Giving things your all can be tiring. It's good to remember it's not always the initial effort or the first impression that you're remembered for, sometimes it's the last. So if you've felt your energy going down remember to give the last stride your all.
3. Look at ALL your options (even if you really don't want to do one of them)
This week I cleaned out my closet and decided to donate some stuff and sell the others (because let's face it, college students are broke). Anyway, I had high expectations that I would get a good amount of money for my simplistic, vintage, and somewhat trendy clothing pieces I had decided to sell. To my surprise, the buyer chose way less than I thought she would and offered me way less than I thought she would. Leaving me with two options: a low amount of money I wasn't expecting and a higher amount of money as store credit. But... there was a third option: reject the offer they were clearly ripping me off with. Of course I was embarrassed/uncomfortable rejecting their offer because it was one of my favorite thrift stores, I didn't want them to not like me. After evaluating my options, I decided to take the money and go. I made this choice because my initial reason for selling the items was for money; therefore, neither accepting store credit nor rejecting the offer would have given me that. Soon after leaving, I realized maybe rejecting the offer would have forced them to raise the offer price.. oh well, lesson learned. Bottom line, be tough and look at all the options - even if you wish one of them wasn't even an option.
4. Always do the right thing no matter how hard it is
Not doing the right thing is always stressful. No matter how much you try to convince yourself its a one time thing and you'll forget about it tomorrow, you probably won't. If you're anything like me it will haunt you. On the other hand, doing the right thing might not satisfy you, but it will certainly never stress you out. You might get a little frustrated, like we all do when we don't get what we want. But how many times have you reallllly wanted something and realized down the road you lived perfectly fine without it. The best way I've learned to deal with this is to pretend it's impossible to do the wrong thing. It might be hard to walk away and do the right thing but it's certainly a possibility, and one you won't regret.