Are you finding yourself stuck between two (or more) choices today and unable to make a decision? You can seize the say and Flip a Coin or consider the following decision-making research.
For complex decisions Ap Dijksterhuis, a psychologist at Radboud University in the Netherlands discovered a 3-step process for making a decision:
- Step 1: Analyze the Options. Take in the information, the details, the options, the possibilities, your decision criteria…analyze and evaluate the options, but do not decide.
- Step 2: “Go on holiday while your unconscious digests the problem”. Taking a break from the analysis by doing something that engages your conscious mind in another direction allows your subconscious to gather your previous experiences, your true desires, and your stored wisdom before formulating a resolution. Your break can be the in the form of a nap, exercise, bodywork, really anything that refocuses your conscious mind. If you are going to take a nap it is often helpful to write down the question you want your subconscious to resolve before you fall asleep.
- Step 3: Follow Your Gut. Ap writes “Whatever your intuition tells you is almost certainly going to be the best choice.” This is after you have completed the first two steps. After you’ve analyzed the options, taken a mental break, then follow your gut. According to AP’s research the best choice will present itself to you.
For Simple Problems, problems with a limited number of variables, researchers advice putting deliberate thought into the options so no obvious mistakes take place. Review your thought processes. Are you considering everything? Are you generating alternatives? Do you have biases? What is the criteria for a “YES”?
Today’s Simple Smile Igniter is to make a decision on something you have been stuck on. Give one of these processes a try to move yourself towards the life you desire.
If you find yourself not ready to make a decision because you are not even sure about what you want yet, Friday I will share a simple 3 step process for How to Know What YOU Really Want.