Decision, decision

DSC03443You have a decision to make. If you just can’t make up your mind, try this. If your decision is an “either/or”, flip a coin. Tell yourself that your decision will follow the coin toss, no matter what. If it’s heads you’ll do this, if its tails you’ll do that.

Flip the coin.

When the coin is in the air you’ll know what you really want and that’s your decision. You don’t really have to follow the toss. That would be silly.

Decisions are hard to make. We never have enough information. We can always procrastinate by waiting for all of the facts to come in. But all of the facts never come in.

We don’t have all the facts on the sinking of the Titanic, on the efficacy of social media or on whether dogs make good house pets. We don’t have all the facts on hybrid tomatoes, global warming or the demise of the industrial age, either.

The real question isn’t whether you have all the facts. The real question is, “do I know enough to make a useful decision?” (and no decision is still a decision).

If you don’t, then the follow up question is, “What would I need to know, what fact would I need to see, before I take action?”

If you can’t answer that, then you’re not actually waiting for all the facts to come in.

When you’re buying or selling a house you’ll never know if this is the best time, if interests rates will go up, if the economy will get bad, if you’ll live there for five or fifteen years. You’ll never know a lot of things but you’ll still have to decide.

 

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