“I want to make the best, most
optimum decisions because better
decisions will lead to a better life.”
I applaud that desire. It is a core message of this website.
Unfortunately, optimum decision making in a given situation depends on a number of factors… all of which can derail your best intentions.
Fortunately, there is one small factor that can quickly and easily be leveraged to improve your decision making.
“Small hinges can swing big doors.”
If you take this factor into consideration in your daily decision making, you WILL see better outcomes. If you don’t, well… all your good intentions will not be enough to overcome the results.
“I didn’t have to choose the way I did. I just couldn’t help myself.”
Something strange and irrational often goes on in the human heart. See if this rings a bell for you.
At certain times you seem to have freedom to make choices that you are proud of—
- I am going to stick to my diet this time (I have a very strong desire to do this).
- I will pay down my debt and/or save money (I am committed and motivated to do this).
- I’m done with pornography (the thought of going down that path again disgusts me).
- I am going to work on and finish this project (this is something I really want to complete)
But at other times it seems like you are being pulled, almost compelled to choose a lesser option. A feeling comes over you: I really WANT TO do this other option right now (even when it undermines the better option you say you want).
Sadly, it’s not the one you really want (when you are thinking straight).
“I didn’t have to choose it. I just couldn’t help myself.”
How can you have MORE freedom to choose the wisest, best options… at those times when it feels like you are being compelled to choose the lesser option?
Do you like being deceived? You know, being led to believe one thing… but reality is quite different?
Pardon my French, but h*!ll no.
As bad as that is, it gets worse. Not only are you being fooled, what if I told you there is something in our human wiring that causes us to be fooled again and again by this same illusion?
Worse still, this illusion often leads to unnecessary stress, anxiety, frustration, fear and many other negative emotions.
If you can recognize this deception and counteract it, your life will have … lower stress and anxiety, plus greater peace and hopefulness. (more…)
Making better decisions isn’t always easy (is that a Captain Obvious statement, or what?).
The best decision makers go to their decision making “tool kit” and try out different tools to see if one or more helps clarify which way they should go.
There was a particular tool (I’ll call it a technique) used by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos when he was trying to determine if he should start Amazon in the first place.
When Bezos used this technique, things became very clear about what he should do. In fact, he found it so helpful, that he has continued to use it regularly for decisions big and small. (more…)
Have you seen a dumb decision being made by someone?
Isn’t your first thought: What were you thinking?
But, I also have a second thought: How can I avoid a bad decision? …so others don’t think the first thought about me. 🙂
Here are 5 really funny, but dumb decisions that prompt the first question.
… then I want to show you 2 ways to avoid bad decisions in the future. (more…)
Have you ever heard or seen something that seems so crazy that it can’t possibly be true… and yet it is?
Here’s a hidden decision influencer that sounds crazy… but its effects have been verified.
It is called the Priming Effect.
Here’s what it can do: trick our brains at the subconscious level… that then affects our choices and actions.
It can even (without your knowledge) turn you into a rude jerk that feels justified in being that way. (more…)
We All Make Choices,
But In The End Our Choices Make Us.
One of the most important factors to achieving success in life is making good decisions.
Good decisions = a better life
Poor decisions = a regret filled life
Kind of hard to argue with that.
But, here’s the problem: There are hidden factors distorting every decision you make—even the ones carefully made. (more…)
Finding a better job and making the right decision is not easy. Can the 5-step decision making process help?
Here is a real life case study showing how the 5-step decision making process was used in finding a better job.
Better Job = a more enjoyable, less stressful job in addition to good paying.
Read on to learn how it all worked together for great results…
Trying to make better decisions can be soooooo frustrating.
Even when you really, really want to make the best decision, and you take time to think it through, it often turns out less than you hoped.
The reality is that often we make decisions based on a faulty process. Being deliberate won’t help.
But, there is a simple approach you can use that will significantly increase the odds of a good outcome.
Have you wrestled over how to make a difficult decision?
That decision is made all the more difficult when you remember previous decisions that blew up in your face.
You think, “God, I don’t want that to happen again.”
So, how do you choose wisely… and prevent an outcome you regret? (more…)