I just bought a new car. Unplanned but an easy decision. When I fall out of love with something – or someone – I’m done (one of my life rules – when I’m done, I get out).
I’ve been complaining about how my car handled in wintery conditions (another life rule – stop complaining and fix it). Although we’ve basically had no snow this year, the one wintery-mix storm – snow and rain – was the last straw. I drove through it with a frozen windshield and wipers covered with ice. No other driver had this problem. The service dealer shrugged and said, “that could happen.” No help. Certainly no confidence that this was a fluke.
Usually, I keep a car until its end of life. I’ve loved all my cars. Not this one. I’d never keep it that long. Living in the Hudson Valley, I needed a snow car. Google gave me multiple lists. Subaru was consistently in the top 3 best. Easy start but station wagon and SUV? Never my favorites. But I kept an open mind.
I headed to the local dealer. They had me at windshield wiper heaters built into the window. Who knew that existed? Seriously, there was much more that I liked.
Went back with my partner a couple days later to drive them. Decided on the small SUV Forester. His eyes widen and jaw dropped when I said to the dealer “let’s talk terms.” His head shook in amazement. I know he felt this was (1) a knee-jerk reaction, (2) I had just paid off the car, why take on debt and (3) usually I get something more stylish and never an SUV.
My answer and decision was easy. I knew my decision criteria.
- I need confidence in my car.
- I had done my research. Others were in on this.
- My current car still had good trade-in value.
- I want to be free of car debt by time we both retire.
- Subaru smartly changed their designs a couple years ago so no longer look stodgy. It was a small SUV.
Plus I realized I had changed. I still wanted something that looked good. Now I wanted safety for us – and my new granddaughter.
Know your criteria and why a decision needs to be made. Making it will be a whole lot easier.
Are you struggling with a decision? Are you paralyzed by doing too much analysis?
Think through WHY you need to make a decision.
Balance a pros/cons list.
Make your decision, confidently.
It really can be that easy. Besides, very little is permanent, things can be changed down the road.
Diane, The Midlife Woman’s Career Coach
Diane Howell Topkis is the author of the Career Clarity ebook series. Diane works with midlife women to gain the clarity and confidence to reinvent or re-energize their career into meaningful work for their next chapter. Please visit www.YourNextChapterNOW.com to receive your free workbook Find Your Career Passion.
In her non-work time, Diane wrote three Tasting Journals to take on her weekend and vacation tasting adventures – Wine Travels, Craft Spirits and Craft Beer. They are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.