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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Making Tough Decisions

“When faced with two equally tough choices,
most people choose the third choice: to not choose.

Jarod Kintz
Here are 4 aids to making tough decisions:

1.    Ask your polar opposite. Try consulting a colleague who consistently thinks differently than you, says Sandra Tsing Loh, host of radio’s The Loh Down on Science. You’ll see any problems from new angles.

2.   Procrastinate. Quick decisions rob us of the time to cogitate, says Frank Portnoy, author of Wait: The Art and Science of Delay. When facing a choice, determine how long you can wait to render a verdict, then make the call when that when the moment arrives.

3.   Drink up. Down some water about 45 minutes before you shop for a major item, says Mirjam Tuk, a U.K. marketing professor. “It sounds strange,” but people have more self control when holding their urine.

4.   Close your eyes. Blocking out visual stimuli, says behavioral psychologist Eugene Caruso, intensifies emotional responses and promotes more ethical decisions.

Here are a few more quotes about decision making:

“There are no such things as curses; only people and their decisions.” - Yvonne Wood

“Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.” -Malcolm Gladwell

“What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.” - Bodie Thoene

“ must be careful never to allow doubt to paralyze you. always take the decisions you need to take, even if you're not sure you're doing the right thing. You'll never go wrong if, when you make a decision, you keep in mind an old German proverb: 'The devil is in the detail.' Remember that proverb and you'll always be able to turn a wrong decision into a right one.” - Paulo Coelho

“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” - Ken Levine

“If you always make the right decision, the safe decision, the one most people make, you will be the same as everyone else.” - Paul Arden

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.” - Elbert Hubbard

“Whatever you decide, don't let it be because you don't think you have a choice.” -Hannah Harrington

"You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” - Michelle Obama

“Not to decide is to decide.” - Harvey Cox

“The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

“Please do make your decisions in life and feel confident that they are right. However, if fate is involved, feel just as confident even if they aren’t.” - C. Elizabeth

 Speaking of making decisions, you might be interested in a recent post: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions featuring the book Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We can Stick to the Plan.

Source for 4 aids: Real Simple

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