In reading How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer, I’ve learned how to make better decisions. Here are a few of the major discoveries:
1. Most decisions are emotional (unconscious), while we think they are rational (conscious).
2. We may think we are putting others first, but in most decisions, we put ourselves first.
3. Making decisions requires energy. We make our worst decisions when we are tired, rushed, thirsty or hungry.
4. Since we often make mistakes in our decision making, it’s good to apologize for bad decisions.
5. Sometimes it’s better to go with instinct and sometimes analysis. We need to have the wisdom to “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.”
6. We never make a decision to get angry. Recognize we all have quick fuses on some key issues. Learn what yours is. Take responsibility for getting angry and know it’s usually not somebody else’s fault.
7. A good reason to have a coach, mentor or good friend at work is to be able to talk over past and present decisions and to learn from your mistakes.
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