The Weekly Resolve Email 65

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Why You Should Consider If a Decision Is Reversible or Not

Edition 65 — read on     |  April 5th, 2022

Happy thinking Tuesday!

Here is one quote, one question, and big idea to challenge the way you make decisions and improve your life.

A quote…

“If a decision is reversible, the biggest risk is moving too slow. If a decision is irreversible, the biggest risk is moving too fast.”—James Clear

A question…

If this goes wrong, are the consequences low?

No decisions is truly reversible. But the consequences might be so low there is little to be gained in moving slowly and looking for a different path.

A big idea…

The dilemma when deciding lies in the consequences.

The upsides are always apparent, the downsides less so. Judging the revisability of a choice allows us to offset the risk of uncertainty. Crystal balls are over-rated.

Ask, is this decision reversible?


Is this a reversible or irreversible decision – and if it is reversible, how?

Faced with moving to a new home in a village 350 miles away, one question made the decision an easy one.

Is this a reversible decision – and if so, how?

It was a life goal to live in North Wales, so the fact we had to move gave us an opportunity. We weren't buying, so renting give us an easy way out if we needed it. Knowing we could move back to the town we were moving from if we didn’t like it gave us the confidence to move. Yes, it wouldn’t be cheap to move back, but it wasn’t impossible.

This critical insight made a huge difference in our decision to move.

Decision-making is an act of judgement on the future. All too often, we say yes - or no - without asking the right questions first. The role of this guide is to introduce you to those questions. The question posed here - a critical thinking question - is arguably the most important one to ask.

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Darren Matthews

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