Monday - April 04, 2016

How do you make the ‘Right Decision’?

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How do you make the ‘Right Decision’?

A little talk with Dr. Google shows that, on average, a typical adult may make up to 35,000 decisions a day!

What to wear, what to eat, what to say in response to a situation, what to do (or not do!) and perhaps the most interesting one ‘what to think’?

Reflecting on the last two monthly blogs, anyone who read them made some decisions in the act of reading them.  February’s Blog informed the reader about a tried and tested tool to help them achieve their number one goal.  March’s Blog encouraged the reader to consider agreeing to spend a minute a day to help with an upcoming initiative to help kids who lost a mom/dad/sibling to death.  [You can still sign up by the way]

How did people decide whether to take action? 

Maybe the mental ‘decision dice’ you roll has many many more sides than the conventional 6.  How many of those sides have the word ‘Money’ on? How many have ‘Time’?……. and what actually is ‘Value’ if not money?

Perhaps you roll your decision dice a number of times.  And then you’ve probably got a few mechanisms in place to actually follow through on what the deciding roll determines.

 

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This month’s blog is going to encourage you to consider a different approach.  How to potentially tap into your gut instinct.  You’ll probably still roll your normal ‘decision dice’ anyway – rolling it 35,000 times a day means it’s almost a natural habit that you do either consciously or subconsciously.  But this month’s encouragements consider a different approach.

 

Encouragement 1: Identify a few upcoming decisions that you have to make.

It could be related to work, relationships, finances, fitness – anything.  If you’re really stuck or you just want to try with something that isn’t going to have a significant impact on your life, you can always click on the links to the February or March blogs and use those as a starter to try out new things with.

 

Encouragement 2: Convert the decisions into specific questions you want answers to.

The word ‘specific’ is important.  Enhance the ‘what should I do?’ question that perhaps springs immediately to mind.  Make sure it’s an actual question as opposed to a statement ‘I want to decide on…..’ for example, is not a question.  Here’s an example, ‘What new decision making activity will work best for me?’.  A nice open question! 🙂

 

Encouragement 3: Intentionally ask the question prior to a completely unrelated activity.

Saying it out loud is preferred but not required.  Here’s a mini-laundry list of when to ask the question – before a walk or run, before a piece of creative writing or journaling, before going to bed (you can actually read about this one in February’s Blog), before yoga class, before cooking a meal, before mowing the lawn, before resuming knitting, before meditating…… the list goes on.  The point is to be deliberate about asking the question and then doing something unrelated.

 

So, how do you make the ‘right decision’?  Let’s end this discussion with a more philosophical point.  Is there such a thing as a ‘right’ decision?  If you’re into chaos theory – or you’ve heard of El Nino or the Butterfly Effect – then you may have an appreciation that any decision could ultimately lead to an infinite number of indirect outcomes.  So in which case, what’s the harm in trying a new technique to make a decision?

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