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These Six Questions Will Improve Your Decisions - Darius Foroux

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These Six Questions Will Improve Your Decisions - Darius Foroux
Decision making refers to the process that results in selecting a belief or a course of action. So how do you improve your decisions?

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Improve decisions by focusing on the process

Improve decisions by focusing on the process

Most people assume that good decision making is choosing a course of action that leads to the desired outcome.

In reality, decision making is about how you end up with your decision, not what the decision leads to.

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Thought-provoking questions

Before making a decision, don't just ask the obvious questions like "what are my alternatives?" or "what are the consequences?"

Consider instead these questions:

  1. Why might my belief not be true?
  2. What other evidence might be out there?
  3. Are there similar areas I can look for to gauge whether similar beliefs to mine are true?
  4. What sources of information could I have missed?
  5. What reasons could someone else have to support a different belief?
  6. What other perspectives are there?

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Think about what you can’t know

Asking yourself critical questions forces you to think about what you can't know.

Critical questions direct you to friends, mentors, communities, books, courses, and even podcasts for insights that encourage an outside perspective.

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Open to other perspectives, but not gullible

As you become open to other perspectives, remember that other people also don't have all the answers. Adopt a stance of not believing everything instantly.

Keep looking for evidence and other perspectives. When you have collected enough information, make your decision.

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Common decision making pitfalls

  • Analysis paralysis is very common. At some point, you get stuck in the process and can't make a decision. Don't let the fear of making the "right" decision paralyze you. There's no right or wrong outcome. Just outcomes.
  • Extinction by instinct. It is the belief that instincts are effective in decision making. However, it leads to rash decisions.
  • Information overload is when you ask too many people for their opinion. Stick to trustworthy sources and keep them to a minimum.

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Think in Years, Not Days

Before jumping to a conclusion, think about the long-term consequences of your decision.

We may respect those able to fling themselves into a hard problem and make a quick choice with seemingly little thought, but making a meaningful decision needs to be done with care for the long-term effects.

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Making decisions

Making decisions

Decision making is critical for entrepreneurs. Every day, you have to set out on a course of action, choose tactics, evaluate results, and otherwise choose from arrays of options.

4 common mistakes that can trip you up

  1. Monumentalizing the Trivial. Place a limit on how long you're willing to spend addressing the issue. When the time ends, make your choice and move on.
  2. Dredging Sunk Costs. Estimate how much the decision would take in total to follow through. If the cost is higher than the benefit, change your decision.
  3. Drowning in Data. Identify less than 10 pieces of relevant data that will have a strong impact on your decision's outcome. Then forget everything else.
  4. Do-or-Die Mentality. Realize that every decision is temporary. Use an overall decision-making strategy that stretches over time, not that imagines each moment to be the most critical one for the business.