Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Feelings

I'm not a fan of the use of feelings versus logic when making decisions. So often, it is the lazy thinker's way of avoiding the heavy lifting.

There are times, however, when feelings are a great alarm bell. Something doesn't feel right. You don't know what it is, but little alerts are sounding.

Pay attention to those.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, feelings are lousy for telling you when something might be good but they are often dead-on in spotting the bad. We shut off the alarms with what we think is logic but when we look back at poor decisions, what we felt was logical was incomplete analysis. It was simply a convenient way to quiet the alarms and move on.

Watch out for that. When that persistent feeling that something is incomplete or unexplained arises, set aside or buy some time to dissect your decision. The feeling is the effect. Something is causing it.

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