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Decision-making

Decision-making can be regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several alternative possibilities. Every decision-making process produces a final choice that may or may not prompt action. Decision-making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker. Decision-making is one of the central activities of management and is a huge part of any process of implementation.

The Difference Between Trying and Doing. There’s an instructive scene in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back.

The Difference Between Trying and Doing

Yoda is instructing Luke Skywalker in how to use the Force. He asks Luke to retrieve his disabled spaceship out of a bog where it has sunk, using only his mind. The Power of Small Decisions. Decision Making: The #1 Secret Of Astronauts, Samurai, Navy SEALs, and Psychopaths - Barking Up The Wrong Tree. We all make a lot of bad decisions.

Decision Making: The #1 Secret Of Astronauts, Samurai, Navy SEALs, and Psychopaths - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

With careers: More than half of teachers quit their jobs within four years. In fact, one study in Philadelphia schools found that a teacher was almost two times more likely to drop out than a student. In our jobs: A study showed that when doctors reckoned themselves “completely certain” about a diagnosis, they were wrong 40% of the time. And in our personal lives: …an estimated 61,535 tattoos were reversed in the United States in 2009. So how can we all make better decisions? It’s “arousal control.” Descartes on the Cure for Indecision. “The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist,” wrote Dani Shapiro in her beautiful meditation on why creativity requires leaping into the unknown, “is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it.”

Descartes on the Cure for Indecision

John Keats called this “negative capability” and it resides at the heart of Rilke’s timeless incantation to “live the questions.” But ours is a world strewn with dualities, where everything exists in parallel with its opposite, every point tethered to its counterpoint. And among the most pervasive dualities are uncertainty and indecision — one a constructive force of self-expansion predicated on an active embrace of the unknown, the other a destructive contraction of the spirit paralyzed before possibility. Descartes considers indecision a “species of fear” — like jealousy, envy, despair, and superstition — and writes: I am convinced that resolution and promptitude are very necessary virtues in the handling of a business already begun.

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Game Theory. The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them) One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on.

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them)

On the one hand, perseverance and grit are key to achieving success in any field. Anyone who masters their craft will face moments of doubt and somehow find the inner resolve to keep going. If you want to build a successful business or create a great marriage or learn a new skill then “sticking with it” is perhaps the most critical trait to possess. On the other hand, telling someone to never give up is terrible advice. Successful people give up all the time. Life requires both strategies. One way to answer this question is to use a framework I call the 3 Stages of Failure.

The 3 Stages of Failure This framework helps clarify things by breaking down challenges into three stages of failure: Stage 1 is a Failure of Tactics. In the rest of this article, I’ll share a story, solution, and summary for each stage of failure. Stage 1: A Failure of Tactics Sam Carpenter became a small business owner in 1984. This Is How To Make Good Decisions: 4 Secrets Backed By Research. Life would be a lot easier if we just knew how to make good decisions.

This Is How To Make Good Decisions: 4 Secrets Backed By Research

Research shows we all make a lot of bad ones. With careers: More than half of teachers quit their jobs within four years. In fact, one study in Philadelphia schools found that a teacher was almost two times more likely to drop out than a student. In our jobs: A study showed that when doctors reckoned themselves “completely certain” about a diagnosis, they were wrong 40% of the time. And in our personal lives: …an estimated 61,535 tattoos were reversed in the United States in 2009. We get a lot of sketchy tips based on unreliable sources. For starters, you might think you would be better off if you just had more information about the choice at hand. And you’d be wrong… You don’t need more info.