Every day, we are making hundreds of decisions and settle on choices; some are material and high-impact, while others – less so. So, from deciding the lunch menu to planning your weekend activities to planning your finances or buying a house. It is astonishing as to how little a consideration we pay to one of greatest underlying factors: our emotions!
A decision which is not influenced by one’s personal feelings, perspectives, interests, and biases is an objective decision! But, does that really exist?
Develop Consistency – We may not see it at that point, and yet how we feel has a significant impact on the choices we make and the decisions we take. So, how does one develop consistency, where we never think back and wince at our decisions? The key… build the power of objective decision making.
Akin to any piece of a seemingly simple advice which is more difficult than one might expect, making non-emotional and rational choices consistently takes lots of patience, practice and perseverance and oodles of self-reflection. Do remember, harnessing the power of objective decision making can have constructive outcomes with far reaching positive impact on our lives.
Deal with emotions – The first step in any objective process is recognizing your current emotional state and how this might influence the decision you are going to make. Studies show that stock markets are higher when the sun sparkles in the morning and that individuals make unreasonable choices when fearful. Feelings are not generally the foe, yet they can cause you to do things you may not do in the event that you are at your general emotional baseline.
When you are in a psychological space where you are able to see your emotional state, whether irate, frightful, or cheerful, chances are you are able to make constructive choices while reducing the effects of these emotions. Planning your next move? Check your emotional state.
Follow a process – Finding the appropriate structured process to evaluate a decision or even simply taking some time to allow the intensity of an emotion to subside, is a move in the correct direction. Learning to do this consistently can liberate one from the firm grip of our own emotions and hold on to our behaviour and thereby any radical choices.Final Thoughts – It is impossible to make any truly objective decision–we are all subtly influenced by our emotions, our personalities, and our past experiences, no matter how hard we try to isolate the objective details. Still, using these simple techniques to make decisions more objective is a worthwhile endeavour. Even if your decision does not pan out the way you intended, you can rest assured that you made the best possible decision under the circumstances. Choice over Chance, anyone?
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