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THIS WEEK: OPTIONS: the 1st STEP in DECISION MAKING
At one time or another
most of us have been asked the question:
is the glass ½ full or ½ empty?
Prevailing wisdom has been that optimists see it ½ full
while pessimists see ½ empty.
I provide a third answer. More on that in a few paragraphs.
Too often people discard options at the start of their decision making process.
They think an option: won’t work or it’s too hard or too expensive or any number of other reasons so they discard it without exploration.
Eliminating any option before listing it & reviewing it with all others may prove to be a fatal mistake. What seems at casual glance to be too hard or unlikely to work at closer inspection & when compared with other options may actually be the best option available.
Back to our glass above. How many of you discarded a third option
that the glass is neither ½ full nor ½ empty.
Rather it is both!
Part of it is ½ half full at the same time another part is ½ half empty. Seems silly, but look back at the last decision you made & consider whether you eliminated options early
making your process & outcome all the harder.
And NEVER eliminate an option that you consider a step back.
A client I had was going to quit school 1 semester short of her degree
because her current job demanded to much of her time & attention.
She had risen in the restaurant from waitress to hostess
to her current position as assistant manager.
When asked about options she couldn’t think of any except quit school.
Further questioning revealed she had eliminated one:
1. her employer was willing to move her into a vacant hostess position
& 2. she knew that she could live on the income as a hostess.
She at first steadfastly rejected that option telling me that she
couldn’t go back to being a hostess because that was “going backwards”.
It was only when I pointed out that this “step back” allowed her the flexibility she needed to continue to go forward that she took that step,
became a hostess again, continued school & graduated.
Picture standing before a wall so tall & stretching so far to the left & right
that you can’t see a way to the door that you know must be there.
You have only 1 chance to get it correct. Which direction do you choose?
Taking a step back gives a view that shows the door far down the left.
That’s not an option most people would consider even though it is not a backward step.
So remember to list ALL OPTIONS before starting your decision making process,
no matter how limited/limiting they first appear.
Until next week I'm off on this floor. Got options to look at. Marta
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