Making Decisions Emotional and Analytical
MAKING DECISIONS EMOTIONAL + ANALYTICAL
Go with your gut. Emotional decision-making is a risky endeavor with unpredictable results. We take a problem we are facing, mull it over in our head, and then make a “gut decision” because having the options floating in our head is driving us crazy!
A better approach to decision-making combines analysis with emotions to yield predictable results.
- Ponder Options
Take some time to ponder the problem and potential solutions. There is value in this highly emotional phase.
- Formal Analysis Be sure not to leave the problem in your head very long (lest you go insane from over-pondering). Create a document where you can perform a formal analysis
Clearly define the problem.
Research ways in which others have solved similar problems.Discuss with trusted advisors.
Write all possible solutions/options.
Consider the possible outcomes.
Weigh the pros and cons.
- Ponder Analysis Next, take some time to ponder the analysis. Put the options back in your head for emotional consideration. Which option “feels” right? Give this phase time to allow your brain work the problem.
- Make Decision Now that you have combined an analytical and emotional approach, you are ready to make a decision.
- Predictable Results This method of decision-making yields more predictable results than just using an “emotional only” approach. Yes, trust your gut, but only after you have done the proper analysis.