Every guy wants to make better decisions. Nobody goes around wishing they could figure out how to make worse decisions. We've all made enough of those to have that figured out pretty well.
A lot factors go into to making good choices but one of the easiest to control is when you have a big decision to make, be sure you're at the top of your game. This means there are 4 times in every man's life when he shouldn't make a big decision.
The first is when you're HUNGRY. When you're hungry your body is missing key ingredients it needs to process information in a rationale and thoughtful way. That's why you've always heard that you shouldn't go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Well if that's true, then you definitely don't need to buy a car on an empty stomach.
The second time you shouldn't make a big decision is when you're IRRITATED. This is when you're more likely to act on emotion instead of on reason. Making a big decision when you're irritated means you make unreasonable demands during negotiations and blow a deal that was actually good for you.
The third time you shouldn't make a big decision is when you're TIRED. Research has shown time after time that fatigue affects your decision making skills in the same way that excessive drinking does. That's why one of the best pieces of advice my dad ever gave me was to sleep on a big decision.
The fourth time you shouldn't make a big decision is when you're STRESSED. You really see this when it comes to money. A guy is stressed out because he can't afford his mortgage and decides to sell his house. Then he takes the first offer that he thinks gets him out of the house even though he's leaving money on the table.
So the next time you've got a big decision to make just remembers HITS, and do a quick review to see if you're hungry, irritated, tired, or stressed. If you are STOP until you're not.