Effective Decision Making – Rational vs Intuitive

Success in life is highly dependent on the decisions we make, period! This means it’s vital that we nurture a strong sense of resolution when faced with evaluating options. Our inner voice has a major role to play in guiding the decisions we make, you must trust your intuition. Its effectiveness and benefits to us are maximised when we believe in ourselves and we know exactly what we want out of life. The successful people I have interviewed over the years use their gut feel to make important decisions, however they only mobilise action when all rationale thought has been exhausted and a final decision has to be made.

The best decisions are made when we ask the right questions, without being armed with the information we are unlikely to make the best judgement calls. Just going on what our inner voice is telling us can be dangerous so we should probe on both rationale and intuitive levels. By asking three questions we arm ourselves with the insights necessary to set a course of action. Before the next big decision, ask yourself:

  1. Do the facts make sense? This requires you to assemble all the intelligence you have on the matter in question. This involves reading and speaking to people that you trust.
  2. Does it feel right? This means that the decision should feel well connected to your personal values. If it does not feel right it probably isn’t.
  3. Does it sound right? Does it resonate in the right way? Does the verbal articulation of the decision sound right and comfortable. If the words don’t feel right again its probably not right

These three questions will help you to blend the very best of logical and rationale processes with intuitive feel. We must cover each of the three questions, failure to do so potentially leaves the decision down to chance.


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