How many times have you made a decision – big or small – only to regret it later?
“I wanted to fund my IRA this year, but that vacation was calling my name…I should have known better. Now I feel behind.”
“I really wanted to take that out-of-state job, but I talked myself out of leaving my family and friends behind. Now I’m unhappy thinking about what could have been. How stupid of me.”
“Ugh, I knew I shouldn’t have eaten all this ice cream, but it was too good to put away. What was I thinking?”
But…how could you have known?
We can’t make decisions with 100 percent certainty. Therefore, we can’t know how something will turn out.
Yet most of us get stuck in analysis paralysis, desperate to gather as much information as we possibly can before making a decision.
And when that decision doesn’t turn out as we hoped, our response is, “I should have known!”
How can we break this cycle? How can we accept that we don’t have total control over the outcomes of our decisions? How can we forgive ourselves, and others, for not getting it right?
Most of all: how can we improve our decision making skills to avoid this scenario in the first place?
That’s what today’s guest, Annie Duke, best-selling author of Thinking In Bets, is here to tell us.