How much risk will you assume in making an important decision?
That question is probably best answered by examining the usual two paths that many people follow/adopt in decisioning. After that, deciding on which path actually becomes the first [initial] decision.
Specifically, the two roads are: Objective or Subjective?
Subjective Decisioning Includes (but is not limited to):
Instincts and Gut Feelings (Intuition, Abstraction, Baseless, Intangible, Feelings, Hunches)
Herd Thinking (Crowd Mentality, Blind Faith, Parties, Mobs, Reactionary)
Pure Chance (Cards, Dice, Coins, Eight-Ball, Roulette, Devices)
Astrology (Charts, Zodiac Signs,Readings, Interpretations, Visions)
Various Traditions (Calendars, Ceremonies, Celebrations, Holidays)
Social and Fraternal Influences (Codes, Signs, Symbols, Handshakes, Rituals, Secrets)
Cultural Ideologies (Sacrifices, Rituals, Customs)
Technological Influences (Mobile Connections, Social Networks, Chat Rooms, Blogs)
Gadgets and Apps (Computers, Smart Phones, Programs, Media Players, Digitals)
Clairvoyance-Psychics-Readings (Visions,Readings, Signs, Symbols)
Family, Friends and Business Influences (Bias, Prejudice, Tradition, Influence, Habit, Rituals)
Other Beliefs and Cults (Evolution, Scientology, Church of the XXX, Zen Buddhism)
“In all, decisioning subjectivity (of any kind) is the path of least resistance.”
Objective Decisioning (A Practical Technique):
One of the best methods to create objectivity is through a tangible model:
To be effective, a model for organized, focused and objective thinking (decision-making) that would produce a predictable and confident result would need to include at least these traits:
Easily recognized; Distinctive structure like a brand
Easily remembered; Not complicated or confusing
Quickly established; Develops immediately-could draw/sketch it easily
Graphically distinct; Equilateral triangle (stable base) vs. circle or square
Definitive steps; Not vague, arbitrary or inconsistent actions
Interactive requirement; Needs material confirmation at each step
Requires commitment; Or no lasting obligation or confirmation
Limited steps; Two or less (too few)-Six or more (too many)
Each step interlocking; And require the next one (each linked to the other)
Design characteristics; Perfectly logical/indisputable/understandable
Completely transferable; You show it…They get it easily (at most any age)
Flexible enough to add more traits; From actual experiences
Why a visual model?
Most of our thoughts stay inside our minds unless we speak them, signal them or write them out. For retention purposes, speaking alone can be elusive, hard to organize or categorize when it is not recorded. Writing down (recording) a thought or concept starts the objective process and allows the sender the best chance of sorting and listing their thoughts to arrive at some logical conclusion.
Framing the thoughts into categories that support each other is even more defining and tightens the ability to narrow the choices even more.
Bottom line to objective decisioning…it helps enormously to have something tangible (a system or process) to point to…to sketch or draw on…to work through…to record…to focus on…to pass along…a tangible working document.
There is risk in decisioning no matter which path is taken (there are no guarantees). While one is more factual and objective, the other is more emotional and gut feelings directed. Between the two, it would seem obvious that the more subjective the decision, the more risk would be incurred in that process. There should be no reason/situation where an important decision is based on pure chance (highest risk).
Question: Why not use both? If you find that your inclination weighs heavily in one camp or the other, step back and inject the opposite. Example: You rely heavily on your horoscope (clearly 30%+ do) for decisioning…then objectively, research and write down more facts and evidences to support what you are feeling or what is being predicted.
Remember here that our goal is to mitigate/limit the risks associated with decisioning. It would seem from just these two divisions there would/could be a significant reduction.
As always…You decide.