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Click each component of the Decision Cycle for a description.



If a decision is made during the “Emotional Reaction” phase of the cycle, it most likely will short-circuit the process designed to develop a rational plan of action. Such decision-making will most likely produce poor results. This is where wars, important business deals, and political actions are won and lost. We frequently become our own worst enemy due to our uncontrolled emotions.

If an “Emotional Reaction” either distorts or influences the “New Information” or “Logical Decision”, the results will almost certainly be skewed. The decision that may be considered the best option might actually be the most satisfying emotional choice.

The task of eliminating emotions from the process, particularly the first few times you try to do so, may sometimes seem to be an insurmountable obstacle. We suggest, if you are experiencing that difficulty, that you attempt to envision yourself with positive results after the fact. If that does not work or you are literally unable to put aside your emotions, get guidance from someone you respect - clergy, coach, or even a therapist. Such advisors can frequently be helpful in navigating through these issues.

Once the “New Information” is cleared of the “Emotional Reaction” syndrome, the next step will be to “List Options.”


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