You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear. – Sammy Davis, Jr.

Right Wrong

We always have choices. Some are easy to make but difficult to live with, some are difficult to make but easy to live with. In my experience, when I make a decision to do nothing it invariably comes back to haunt me. When I choose to act, I need to make a choice as to how I act.

There is a small tool that I find helpful. A Decision Tree is really just a process to understand when/how/why and what decision you make. I often jot down notes while working through the process.

Take a local election. Am I going to vote –  if yes go to next step, if no then stop., Am I voting on partisan lines – if no then go to next step, if yes then stop. Am I voting based on research – if no then move to a different question, if yes the go to next step.

You see the tree split into Research and Something Else (maybe Intuition or maybe Self Interest or ..) Doing the research branch, am i looking for policy information or candidate bio? – The branch may split again.

I think my decisions have gotten better by applying a bit of rigor to making them. Give it a try today and let us know what you discover.

6 thoughts on “Choices

  1. I like the idea…I usually attempt to decide which path brings alignment between logic and that feeling in the pit of my stomach…intuition and feeling (not emotion). Even these can be great helpers as we explore the decisions for each on the table. Thank for a great read!


  2. Spot on – I always weigh up the pros and cons, and as I advise my clients examine all the information and then make your decision. That way you know it’s an informed decision. Nice post 🙂


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