Some of you may attempt the age-old method of analyzing pros and cons. Weighing advantages and disadvantages has its merits — it looks orderly, for one. Seems balanced.
But it’s also negative, some critics of the method say. The inclusions of “cons” can cast a black cloud over how you’re making decisions.
Here’s a tip for making decisions through a more positive lens. Think about two rubber bands. Each represents the outcome of a choice. One is pulling you left; the other is pulling you right. Tangled in the tension between the bands, ask yourself:
- What’s pulling me?
- What’s holding me?
These questions frame the issue so that both options have a chance to shine. Rather than grappling with bad verses good, the rubber band model compels you to find the attractive aspects of both possibilities when making a decision.
Next time you’re pressed to make up your mind, try out the rubber band model. I like the emphasis on attractive qualities; for me, it eliminates some of the anxiety-fueled road bumps that can happen when you’re pressed to decide.
Photo credit: Larry Rosenstein
I learned about this model in The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking
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