Decision-making is an experience that we are all confronted with and often dread. No matter how crucial and stressful it can get, a decision usually has to be made.
Why do we make bad decisions?
There are several factors involved that can negatively affect our decision making process: our past experiences, mistakes in reasoning, evaluating, remembering and outside influences that make the situation even more intense. When you add on top of that a stressful situation you have a recipe for a subconscious decision-making disaster.
So, how can you avoid your brain’s tendency to make bad decisions?
Utilize a method that can easily be applied to anyone’s life. It is known as the 10/10/10 Rule.
The 10/10/10 Rule
This rule is really simple. You just need to remember three questions, and be able to answer them with a forward-looking perspective.
The questions are:
- How will I feel about my decision in 10 minutes?
- How will I feel about my decision in 10 months?
- How will I feel about my decision in 10 years?
Why this method works?
Your brain is hardwired to look towards short term pleasure, but looking at long-term gratifications and their ramifications allows you to make smarter decisions.
Practice makes perfect and is the key to success, and the same goes with this method: the more often you use it, the quicker your brain adapts. So the next time you have to decide on something, give this method a try and you’ll start to see the difference.
“Happiness can be defined as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.”
~Dr. Stephen Covey
Stop struggling with decision making.
Let’s work together and make your decisions matter.
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