When Making a Tough Decision, Pretend You Are Giving Advice to a Friend

decisiveHere’s another good strategy from the book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. The next time you’re stuck on a decision, the single most effective question you can ask yourself may be:

What would I tell my best friend to do in this situation?

According to the authors, “The adice we give others has two big advantages: It naturally prioritizes the most important factors in the decision, and it downplays short-term emotions.”

Another strategy, one I’ve used numerous times, is to just stop agonizing over a decision. I find that overthinking something can lead to total indecision; paralysis. If I stop actively thinking about it, the decision usually presents itself to me within a few days – in a clear, “aha” moment, and I will wonder why there was ever even a question about the choice in the first place.

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