he Heath brothers hit another homerun with their new book **Decisive**! Everyone can use more help making decisions — especially when we have several choices that appear good.
You’ll have to read the book to understand the Heath’s WARP concept because it’s got a lot of depth. Here is a short explanation of the WRAP concept:
Widen the frame of your options. Too often, we give ourselves too few options, or options that really aren’t options, and we force ourselves into an either/or mentality. More quality (and new) options usually result in a better decision. You have to widening your focus.
Reality test your assumptions. In other words, many of us know what decision we want to make, and we find pieces of information that support it. Or, we seek out “experts” who will give us the advice we want to hear. Find some objectivity – get outside of your own head for some clarity.
Attain distance before deciding. Most all decisions (especially the important ones) are emotional. Am I the only one to ever get manipulated by a car salesmen to buy a car for nothing more than an emotional impulse? Avoid the car lot until you have solid criteria established for the car you NEED. If you own a business, ask yourself, “What would our successors do?” Think through the 10/10/10 principle: how will I feel about this decision in 10 minutes… 10 months… and 10 years from now? Diffuse the emotion.
Prepare to be wrong. Most decisions should not be set in stone. When they are, it leads to overconfidence and avoidance of change when we do make the wrong choice. Failure is not fatal. If we anticipate the problems, we will be better equipped to handle them. If we’re right, we can also plan a time to celebrate!
Making good decisions in a big deal. How are you preparing yourself to make them? Do you have a strategy? If not, it might be a good idea to track down the book Decisive (no one is paying me to endorse the book). Share your decision making strategy.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.