Better Decisions

canstock6151186Do you have trouble making good decisions?  Do you find yourself making choices between 2 “leftover” options?

In their book, “DECISIVE: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work”, Chip and Dan Heath talk about five ways to make better decisions:

#1)  Think AND not OR

When life seems to be handing you a choice between this OR that, first ask yourself, is there a way I could choose both? You’ll be surprised how often it’s possible.

#2)  Find someone who has solved your problem

If you feel stuck – unable to uncover fresh options – ask the advice of people who have faced similar dilemmas before.  You’ll likely discover ideas that never would have occurred to you.

#3)  Distrust “whether or not” dilemmas

When you find yourself deliberating about “whether or not to do X,” that’s a warning flag signaling you may be caught.  Keep pushing for more options.

#4)  Run the “Vanishing Options Test”

If all of the options you’re currently considering suddenly disappeared, what else could you do?  You’ll be surprised how easy it is to come up with unexplored options.

#5)  Fall in love twice

Keep searching for new options until you’ve got at least two that you’d be happy with.  If you’re hiring, keep interviewing until you’ve got two good candidates, or if you’re house-shopping, hold out for two good homes.  Having two options helps us be more objective about the strengths and weaknesses of each.

*From Success Magazine, December 2013

Take control of the decisions you make.  These 5 things will force you to identify some help and some options.  When you take a little time to change your perspective, you’ll make better decisions!

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