To be a wise decision maker, you must rise up to perspectives high enough to see the reality of a situation. Get outside your usual view of the world. Too often, we get our ego wrapped up in our current / stated view of the world. It becomes emotional for us to give up a part of ourselves.
To remedy that, give yourself a chance to attain emotional distance. As the Heath brothers suggest in their book, “Decisive”. Ask yourself:
- If I was fired, what would my successor do?
- What would you advise your best friend to do?
Or, use the 10/10/10 technique, where you ask yourself:
- How will I feel about this in 10 minutes?
- How will I feel about this in 10 months?
- How will I feel about this in 10 years?
Mentally take another perspective:
- Step up to the mezzanine to see the view from there
- Fly up 10,000 feet and take in the view from up there.
- Play your own devil’s advocate
Seek other perspectives from people that you admire, but differ from you.
Be open minded; especially when it is hard and forces you to tap into your courage.
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the one that guarantees the others.”- Winston Churchill
Be very conscious and purposeful about taking multiple perspectives prior to all your important decisions.
Just my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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