The last decade of my life has been very interesting - I had to take decisions at various points in my personal life as well as in my career - a few times the choice was very clear, at times both the choices looked equally attractive and at times both looked equally hard and difficult.
So how do we decide which one to take?
The thumbrule I have is - take the harder path. By harder I mean - I might have to work harder, educate myself on something new, might have to let go off my comfort zone, let go off things I love. But this might not be the case always - at times the easier option was also the best option.
So how do we know if the choice we had made is the right one?
The answer is - we will never know. If there was something called time travel then perhaps we will know. So I tell myself - the decision I took was the right one - always. I never regret on any decision I had taken because I know just around the corner I have one more decision to make which will be harder than the previous one. These things just keep coming :)
How about instincts & gut feeling?
Absolutely go for it - this works 9/10 times. From my personal experience and what I have found out from others - listening to your inner feeling, your heart - has a good success rate. I recommend reading Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - which will help open your ears to this heart/gut feeling of yours.
The Usual disclaimer : This post cannot be held responsible for the decisions you will be taking in your life :)