Step 3 For Making Better Decisions
Hey again. Seems like this has been a long time coming.
Finally, we're at step number three on making a better decision.
The first thing we talked about was gathering information, not all the information. So you don't freak out and spend all your time looking things up, pretending like you're working. And then deciding whether or not you're going to make a decision. And also making sure that your decision is to take a form of action. So that's steps one and two.
Now, step three is probably the hardest part and you're just going to have to keep on attempting until you can get it closer. And that is to remove all emotion from the decision process.
There's, I don't know if you watch The Walking Dead, there's a scene where the Sheriff, guy's name is Rick, and these people are going through a prison to clear it, and there's an old man whose name is Hershel, and he gets bitten by a zombie.
So there's Rick looking at him going, "Oh no, what am I going to do?" He's got just a couple of minutes. Because when someone gets bit by a zombie, they die right away. And then depending on the person, there's a given length of time after that before they actually become a zombie.
So he sits there and looking... what am I going to do? So he just thinks for a second. Then he whips out his hatchet and hacks his leg off. It's pretty nasty. But it's very vivid reason of why you've got to take the emotion out.
If Rick would have sat there and thought, "Oh, this is gonna hurt Hershel. I don't know if I want to do that. Oh, it's going to be icky. And what if it gets effected after I cut it off?" All these different things he could screw around thinking about, but he knew right then and there, the proper decision, the only decision he could make, was to chop off Hershel's leg.
Now you'll probably never have to hack somebody's leg off. At least I hope not. But for every other decision you make, you can probably think back on times in your life where you know what to do, and yet you don't want to do it for whatever reason. It's going to cause you physical fear, spiritual or emotional pain, or you make up excuses about how someone else is going to feel about it. Whatever it is.
I'm sure there are times you can point at in your own life where you allowed emotion to sway a decision, and it was probably the wrong one. So that's the steps to making better decisions. Number one, gather up the information that's available. Take a look at it to decide whether or not... actually you know, the number two step, deciding whether or not you need to make a decision should come before the process starts.
Because sometimes when you don't know what to do, the best thing to do is nothing. So let's move that up to like... A. So decide whether or not you're going to make a decision, gather the information, look at it, decide that the course of action is what you're going to do. You're not just gonna let it slide. And then three, remove all emotion. An then go ahead.
If you do those things consistently, and there's going to be gray areas in all of it, but if you do those things consistently, you'll find yourself making better decisions. And they'll get better and better as you go along.
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That's all I got for right now. I'll talk to you tomorrow. I'm out.
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