Nice To See You Again!
Sorry about the gap in posting.
I was out experimenting with a side project – www.WeekendScenes.com. That didn’t pan out as well as I would have liked, but I learned a thing or two along the way. The most interesting thing I picked up during the process was a model to approach decisions.
Difficult Decisions Are Everywhere
Most decisions are easy. One option is clearly better than the other. But some decisions are different. There are decisions where the options are evenly matched and there’s no clear winner. Often, these decisions usually have a big impact on our lives.
It sucks to make those decisions. Trust me. I’ve been there.
I had to make such a decision when I was working on my side project. After investing some time and money, I had to decide: do I pull the plug or do I push through?
How Do You Make Difficult Decisions?
This is when most people would look at the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ list of each option. It’s useful in most situations, but here, when the options are tied, we need to look a bit deeper. We need to factor in the most important factor in the decision – you.
Decisions are made because we WANT to do something – we’re motivated to take some action. Before making a difficult decision, instead of looking at the pros and cons of each option, look at the motivation behind each option.
Motivation Makes Difficult Decisions Easier
Why do you want to take option A? Why do you want to take option B? Depending on your answers, the decision can become simpler. Now, it’s no longer comparing two sides of a list – but an evaluation of what really matters to you.