People often say that they find it hard to make decisions. Unfortunately, we all have to make decisions ranging from trivial issues like what to eat for dinner to life-changing decisions like who to marry. Do you put off making decisions by endlessly searching for more information or getting other people to offer advice? Complex decision making is a skill. You need to learn to listen to your gut instincts, not the critics.
I love to follow Seth Godin. If you haven’t heard of him, he is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. His daily blog has so many great pearls of wisdom. This week, I am sharing one of Seth Godin’s blogs “Decision Making, After the Fact.” Hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! – Cathy
Critics are eager to pick apart complex decisions made by others.
Prime Ministers, CEOs, even football coaches are apparently serially incompetent. If they had only listened to folks who knew precisely what they should have done, they would have been far better off.
Of course, these critics have a great deal of trouble making less-complex decisions in their own lives. They carry the wrong credit cards, buy the wrong stocks, invest in the wrong piece of real estate.
Some of them even have trouble deciding what to eat for dinner.
Complex decision making is a skill—it can be learned, and some people are significantly better at it than others. It involves instinct, without a doubt, but also the ability to gather information that seems irrelevant, to ignore information that seems urgent, to patiently consider not just the short term but the long-term implications.
The loudest critics have poor track records in every one of these areas.
Mostly, making good decisions involves beginning with a commitment to make a decision. That’s the hard part. Choosing the best possible path is only possible after you’ve established that you’ve got the guts and the commitment to make a decision.