We focus less on the areas where we feel weaker
We’re on to Step 5 – Integration – in the Decision Process where we answer the question, “does it make sense and feel right?” So often our strengths are in certain aspects of the Decision Wheel and we focus less on the areas where we feel weaker. This can create problems…
Think about the Decision Wheel as a tire with 6 sections to fill. Even if the tire is nice and full of air in five sections, the wedge that has less air actually measures how good the decision is. That means, if I feel like I’ve done a fantastic job, all the way to 95% on five parts, and one wedge is at 50%, that means my decision is only at 50% quality. It’s not a smooth bike ride, that’s for sure. Ugh!!!
There is hope!
As we integrate our decision, it’s important to answer some simple questions.
- Does the decision make sense and feel right?
- Do I feel excited about taking action?
- Did I miss anything? Is there any “air” missing from parts of the tire? Did I avoid digging into one of these areas because it was uncomfortable? For example, it could be you don’t like doing research and skipped over gathering lots of reliable information. Maybe you like to come to a decision quickly and didn’t spend as much time really brainstorming possibilities, hybrid options, or what you really want out of the decision.
Remember, you probably have friends or family with complementary strengths. Ask for ideas from those you trust to help you fill up the low parts of the tire.
Sometimes during the decision process you might find yourself answering a slightly different question, creating a frame shift. It can be a normal part of making a great decision. Listen to the video for a review of our process so far, more insights on frame shifts, and integration.
Happy Decision Making!