11 Myths About Decision-Making - Deepstash
1. I like to be efficient.

So many of us think efficiency means jumping right in and making a decision. But to be truly effective, we need to be clear on what we are solving for – a clear goal in mind.

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11 Myths About Decision-Making

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2. I’m too busy; I don’t have time to give to this decision.

Putting off a decision is a decision in and of itself. However, intentionally slowing down to get clear on what you’re solving for will speed up your efficacy, saving you from a wr...

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3. I just need to solve this problem at this moment.

This is the classic example of “losing the forest for the trees.” A narrow focus may solve the wrong problem, or only partially solve the problem. Don't give in to desperation.

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4. This is my decision alone; I don’t need to involve others.

Our important decisions do involve the world and/or people around us. Avoiding this bigger picture of who else is affected by a decision can, at best, only partially solve the pro...

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5. I know I’m right; I just want data or an opinion to confirm my own thinking.

Known as confirmation bias, this thinking flaw has been behind notorious failures from the

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6. I trust my gut.

It’s great to rely on your instincts when picking a filter for your next Instagram selfie. But larger, high-stakes decisions benefit from prying open cognitive space to allow for new inform...

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7. Decision-making is linear.

In fact, good decision-making is circular; it needs a feedback loop as we gather information and analyze it and our thinking. At times, we need to revisit our decision as we gather...

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8. I can pull my ideas together well in my head.

Large decisions are made up of multiple smaller decisions. When we try to keep all of those moving parts in our mind, we end up relying on a faulty memory and a distracted mind. Ke...

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9. I have all the information I need.

While we may want to forge ahead, we can improve our decisions — and our satisfaction — by investing in a little bit of research and confronting assumptions with evidence. Looking into expe...

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10. I can make a rational decision.

Psychologists far and wide, such as Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, have demonstrated that as much as we’d like to be...

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11. There’s just one way to do this.

We’ve been conditioned out of listening to other voices, siloed in our information, environment, and social (media) circles. But getting outside your routines and patterns leads you to seeing thing...

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