Wanting to choose the perfect option holds us back from deciding.
Such options aren’t realistic, so we’re left instead with a handful of options that aren't particularly good or bad.
Seek good information. Be skeptic and never just assume that what you’re being told is always true. Avoid common pitfalls, like making decisions without enough time or information. Look at previous mistakes so you learn from them. Check in with yourself and ensure that the environment isn’t influencing your decisions unnecessarily. Take care of yourself. You are unlikely to make the best decisions when tired or unwell. Make time to think. The multitasking and distraction deluge to which we’re subjected every day can undermine good decision-making. Analyze well. Not getting the outcome you wanted doesn’t necessarily mean the decision was bad.
This concept is most associated with software development, particularly at fast-moving start-ups with few resources. Here’s the basic idea: Instead of wasting time trying to release a perfect version of a product that may or may not fit customers’ needs, a company following an iterative approach would focus on producing a “minimum viable product” . Getting an imperfect product out as quickly as possible allows a product team to use data and user feedback to test assumptions , identify what works and doesn’t work , and incorporate those learnings back into future versions, or iterations, of the product. To break the gridlock of analysis paralysis, we can view each decision as an experiment to be tested. It gives us the freedom to choose something quickly because we know we can improve upon it later.
We naturally want what we can’t have and being denied it makes us want it more. Suddenly depriving yourself of something may empower the cravings, so occasionally indulgences might good. But from a drug addiction standpoint, a slip-up or two could have catastrophic effects. Instead of focusing on the fact you can’t have something, learn to reframe ways of thinking and choose to fill that space with new people and outside interests.
Avoid Meteor Strike/Crash Sites : War of The Worlds tells us that inquisitive humans get incinerated first. Avoid Communication Efforts: Mars Attacks, Monsters vs Aliens and Independence Day tells us that dialogue with just found alien species are often just traps to gather leaders together. Avoid Iconic Structures: Independence Day, Doctor Who and Futurama say those are often destroyed first along with those around it. Avoid Large Public Gatherings: Avengers, Star Trek and Spider-Man tells us that aliens like to cause panic and the bigger their audience the better. Stick Near Water : the movie Signs tells us that staying close to a source of fresh, clean water that won't be affected by the destruction of plumbing is a good tip in any survival situation and it may just be that it is also toxic for the aliens. Avoid Cleaning: War of The Worlds says our germs are likely to be highly dangerous to aliens who will not have developed any of our immunities. Watch Out for Strange Behavior: The Faculty and many B-Movies indicates that strangeness is often the first sign that someone has been infected/brainwashed by the aliens and is no longer safe to be around. Check The Back of The Neck: X-Files, Star Trek and The Matrix tells us many aliens can imitate or parasite humans often passing undetected; however, if evidence is present then the back of the neck is the most common location to find it. Avoid Bees: the X-Files had specially engineered bees that infected the population with alien viruses through their stings. Patching up possible entry points and mosquito nets are advised. Arm Yourself With a Stiletto : X-Files and Doctor Who indicate the back of the neck as a weakness in many alien species. A sharp weapon struck to the back of the neck seems to work. Watch Out for Unmarked Trucks : X-Files and Close Encounters had the government carrying alien materials in unmarked trucks and trains to avoid arousing suspicion. Many of those in a location are a bad omen. Stay Upstairs: Doctor Who gave us aliens so armored they couldn’t go up a flight of stairs. If All Else Fails, Hitch-Hike: Sometimes you're just not going to be able to do anything useful to keep yourself safe, do it like in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and travel away from trouble.