Like anything else in life, the decision making process can be straightforward and simple or it can involve lots of factors to the point of being complicated and eventually stressing you out. Whenever, you make a big decision, especially one that involves a large investment of resources and effort, you want to feel like you’ve made the right decision. To ward off regret or avoid acknowledging that you only pay lip service to wanting reform and change for example, you may begin to idealize the option you chose and devalue the one you rejected. One place where this tendency can go awry is when it creates rifts between people that are in the trenches ‘day in and day out’ making a difference and those that just talk about it and take no action. Well, cognitive dissonance theory provides one possible explanation. Even if you don’t openly express these thoughts as I just described, they can still impact your feelings toward others, which might come out in subtle ways. This wedge between people as a result of our choices can also be compounded by ignorance and inertia. One way or the other, as key players in this journey, we have to take a stance and decide in order to gain a thorough understanding of the decision making process. How else would we identify bottlenecks in the process? And how would we find out if there are any kinks in the line of communication?
On the one hand, it’s useful to remember that most decisions have pros and cons, just because a choice has downsides doesn’t mean it was wrong or it needs to be justified against alternatives. Ignorance and inertia, on the other hand, are dangerous.
Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog entry. I look forward to receiving your input and reading them – Kind regards, Carl H. Charles