“Making a difficult decision is just as easy as deciding which path to walk in a park. Just ask yourself which path gives you more of what you want.”
I often choose the shaded path on a hot summer day and a sunny path in the brisk spring. I make each decision based on what I desire from the walk, namely, a respite from the heat versus warming up in the sun. It really can be that easy with other decisions too if you will ask yourself:
- What do I want?
- How will each path get me there?
Then all that’s left to do is to take the path that delivers the most likely means to your desired results.
At times we will find it difficult to make a decision. How do we know what to do when there is so much information swirling around us? How do we know which information is appropriate to accept as valid and which sets we will need to reject as biased?
Information and sensory overload can overwhelm the best of us. The trick is to establish a process to decision-making that you can rely on which will guide you to fast and efficient responses.
Using the Wants & How process can serve that purpose quite well. It forces us to focus on the key issues at stake (What do I want?) and then directs us to immediate action (How will each choice get me there?).
Once we have defined the desired results and described how each choice will get you there via its most effective route, you simply select the choice with the highest likelihood of success.
Sounds easy enough, right?
- So tell me why is it that we still struggle?
- How can you overcome this resistance?