July 11, 2013

Decisive - By Chip and Dan Health

Making decisions is generally not easy.  We go back and forth, depend on our emotions, and look for advice that already confirms what we want.  In Decisive, Chip & Dan Heath get real about the decision-making process.  They talk about the importance of having multiple options to make better decisions, asking probing questions rather than ones where you are seeking agreement, and getting input from trusted friends who can look at your situation with the emotions removed.

I’ve read other books by the Heath brothers and am impressed with the amount of wisdom they have.  It’s all really common sense advice, yet are things many of us probably don’t think about when we’re caught up in a decision - especially an emotional one.  They don’t encourage readers to ignore emotions - I know I’ve had some internal alarm bells go off recently and am making a point to pay attention to those.  Rather, they just remind people that getting caught up in emotions can keep us from looking at the cold, hard facts.

They also tell people to just go for it.  If you have an idea or a dream, and have some doubts about your capabilities, just step out in faith and try some new things.  What would you tell a friend to do?  You would probably tell them to go after what they want and in this book, you’re encouraged to do the same.  Whether you’re in a job rut, unemployed, a CEO, a stay-at-home mom, or a student, you’ll take a new look at how your decisions are made and will learn a few things about yourself.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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