Sometimes in life we are presented with dilemmas.
This is not the same as options, which I prefer to have plenty of when making a decision. This is more about the times when we have a couple of choices, neither being the perfect scenario.
But whether it’s choices or dilemmas my first question is in my 10/10/10 rule and that is:
What do each of these options give me in 10 days, 10 months, 10 years? It will help you to decide whether a long term view is a better one or whether this is about a quick win or even a life changing decision.
Then please take time to ask yourself some good questions to get the ball rolling and try to look at things from all angles.
Each perspective requires a different ‘Thinking Hat’ and relevant questions to ask yourself at the beginning, middle and end.
- White Hat:
With this thinking hat you focus on the all the information available.
What is happening now that could be better?
What do you want more of, less of?
What do you really want? What is your overall strategy for this part of your life?
What can you learn from the past about this?
- Red Hat:
‘Wearing’ the red hat, you look at problems using intuition, gut reaction, and emotion.
If you can stop the chatter in your head long enough to feel the vibes in your gut, you will find intuition is hardly ever wrong. What is yours telling you about this and are you listening? Also try to think how other people, with a vested interest, will react.
- Black Hat:
Using black hat thinking, look at all the riskier angles of the decision. Look at it cautiously and defensively.
Why might it not work? This is important because it allows you to eliminate, alter , or prepare contingency plans for weaknesses.
Where could this be sabotaged and by whom or what?
- Yellow Hat:
The yellow hat helps you to think positively. It is the optimistic viewpoint that helps you to see all the benefits of the decision and the value in it.
What will doing this give you and why do you want it?
- Green Hat:
The Green Hat stands for creativity. This is where you can develop creative solutions to a problem.
What else can you do? What is the opposite of what you are doing and what other ideas can you get from that?
- Blue Hat:
The Blue Hat stands for control and constant review. It’s about taking a helicopter view of the situation.
What is happening and do you need anyone else or to do anything else? Do you need any other contingency plans?
When you discover the right answers follow up with bold action trusting that you have everything within you to make it happen.