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Helping You Make Better Decisions

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1. New for you…

How To Make More Effective Decisions Than 97% Of The Population

An effective decision is a decision with a happy ending—or is it?

The problem is most can’t—or won’t separate a decision from an outcome. It leaves them to judge the effectiveness of their choice on what happens after the decision. A great outcome must mean it was a great decision. A bad outcome—must surely stem from a bad decision.

It means 97% of the population don’t make effective decisions—because they don’t know what one is.

There are other problems too.

Making effective decisions requires behaviour that balances the mind to the whims of logic and emotion. Too emotional, and we decide quickly, acting without logic. Conversely, logic creates a pursuit of truth that ignores our intuition—which is often a better judge than we appreciate.

There is no other tightrope walk as perilous as the line we balance on when trying to decide.

Most of us are ignorant of the risks of falling off, as life gives us a safety net. It means most don’t make it to the other side. But for those who do make it, the reward is the effective decision.

In this article, I’m going to attempt to improve your balance.

I’ll share some guidelines for making effective decisions. We will look at some examples of making effective decisions that you can draw upon. We also need to understand in more detail what effective decision making is, which is where we begin.

Read the full article here


2. Articles you might have missed

Big Decisions need proper thought and consideration. Here, I provide three questions to ask yourself when making big decisions

Inversion is a simple, yet powerful mental model. Here, I explain how it works and offer some advice on how to use inversion successfully.


3. Insights

A quote…

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ― John Locke

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A question...

What questions can you ask to find ways to improve what you’ve been doing?

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An idea…

An open question means you’re a step closer to thinking critically.

A closed question is a loaded question. It draws an answer — one you already know. This isn’t critical thinking—it's coercion.

Open questions are the doorway to critical thinking.

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Keep on making great decisions!

Darren Matthews

Founder, The Resolve Blog

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