“How can we make better choices in 2015?”

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.” ― Elbert Hubbard

This brings me to “the power behind decisions.”

Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the book Decisive, believe that a normal decision process has four steps:  (1) We encounter a choice. (2) We analyze our options. (3) We make a choice. (4) We live with it and make changes as necessary.

Seems simple, however there are competing forces that afflict each stage: (1) We encounter a choice but narrow mindedness makes us miss better options. (2) We analyze our options but *confirmation bias has us gather self-serving information. (3) We make a choice but our emotions often lead us to make the wrong one. (4) We live with it but become so overconfident that we refuse to make changes even in the face of failure.

Be strong in your decision making process.  Deactivate narrow-mindedness and widen your options. Counteract confirmation bias by testing your assumptions against opposing views. Create distance from your emotions by taking time to think on things.  Lastly, prepare to change course when/where necessary.

Starting planning for 2015 TODAY!  After all, the future of tomorrow will grow from the seeds we plant today.