The Weekly Resolve Email 50 - Look! Your Blind Spots

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Are You Looking for Your Blind Spots? If Not, You're Missing Reality

Decision-makers fall to blind spots a lot.

They are unseen.

They are the devil in every decision. They blind us to the information we should know because they are visible. They escape our attention, becoming assumptions we shouldn't be making. And then, our decision quality drops as the truth escapes us.

Bad decision-makers forget to look at what's right in front of them

This is why so many decisions end up looking like bad decisions.

Bad decision-makers believe they have a good grasp of reality and, with their rose-tinted glasses, see everything there is to see. They like to believe they are what matters in the decision, and they can act with speed because nothing else matters.

But when did you last pause and question your assumptions?

Maybe your intuition is good and your awareness of what you know to be true is alive and kicking, helping you see reality. But for everyone else, you are most likely deciding quickly with little thought on whether the information you hold is complete or not.

Good decision-makers know they have to be alert to their reality

This is why good decision-makers pause, verify their information and see different perspectives.

Good decision-makers know what they don't know. They are alert to their reality, and they are alive to the fact their view isn't the complete picture.

They are deciding with all this in mind.

In life, if you're not looking for your blind spots, you'll continue making bad decisions

Yes. More bad decisions.

Decision-makers who miss this are (whether they admit it or not) fooling themselves. They are, in many respects, being human, because as Richard Feynman said: “You must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” They will blame others, or call out the fortune of bad luck, as bad decision-makers often do.

Instead, you want to consider whether the decision is reversible or not, thus limiting the impact of any blind spots.

How can you make it easy for yourself to confirm the information you do have? How can you give yourself time to reflect upon what you're not seeing? How can you ensure you stop missing the blind spots of reality?

The more you look for your blind spots, the more likely you won't miss them

But, if you're accepting assumptions, good luck.

Remember: you can always blame bad luck.

Have you read...

Your Feelings are Temporary – Why you Shouldn’t be Eager to Make Permanent Decisions: Your feelings are temporary. It means we shouldn't be eager to make permanent decisions - a point I highlight along with a mental model to help. Read the full article here.

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Darren Matthews

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