Friday, November 21, 2014

Choices, Choices, 2

Your brain has only two hemispheres. When considering options it will assign an option to each hemisphere for consideration, dividing its brain power, if you will.  If you give it three or four or five options to consider, it will focus on two of them and, consequently, may miss or overlook an option that could be important or desirable in the long term.  Interestingly enough, people who try to analyze multiple options at the same time and agonize over making the perfect or optimum choice, often end up less satisfied with the decision they finally do make, which sometimes is to not make a choice (a choice in and of itself). Practice evaluating only two options at a time. Compare A and B, and make a choice. Let's say you select A. Now compare A and C and choose between those two options, and so on.  Knowing that you never can have it all, that you always give up something to get something, you may prefer to weigh the pros and cons of each option separately. Ask: "What do I get with A and what do I give up? Which one outweighs the other, what I get or what I must give up?"  Practice.

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