When you're considering how to implement a decision there are two aspects to it. How to implement a decision in terms of completing or performing the decision making process.
And also implementing in terms of giving effect to the decision, that is, actually taking the course of action that you decided upon.
Let's consider the first aspect. Rational decision making models are the most commonly discussed models and are easiest to teach because it's simply a matter of following the steps. The pros and the cons are compared and scored with the highest winning.
The other major group are the intuitive models where you trust your intuition and go with that. And there are a lot of different ways to go about doing this.
But for whatever reason, you want to know how to implement a decision in a different way. The evidence? You're reading this page! So what about this?
In order to make effective decisions for yourself, the process has to include you. Who you are and the state you are in determine the kinds of decisions you make. Being in a poor state will lead to poor decisions. Being in a good state will lead to good decisions.
Of course, the functional aspect of how to implement a decision is every bit as important. And the significant piece here is how you structure the decision. By this I mean how you set the frame by the questions you ask.
Questions such as 'should I do this or not?' might give you different answers depending on the time of day, whether you're hungry or not, whether you're busy or not and so on. There is very little framework around them and far too many potential factors involved to be of any real use.
When some people consider how to implement a decision, the question is 'what's the best choice here?' Now this seems like a great question, but there are some flaws. Oftentimes it's impossible to know what's best because there's always a potential for something even better.
So it can force people into loops which take up more and more of their time. This might actually be one of those questions that actually inhibit people from implementing anything!
If you want to know how to implement a decision that allows you to make your own choices so that you can live your own life, a life of your choosing, here's a great question.
'If I do X, do I think it will work to get me what I want?'
The answer you get will be a set of internal signals, sounds, pictures and feelings, that indicate a yes or no. Yes obviously means go forward, no means don't do it.
This may seem simple, and indeed it is. The difficulty is that people have unlearned how to run this system. It seems that this is how we naturally and effectively make decisions. And our culture trains it out of us for many reasons. Many folks don't want us to know how to implement a decision and make our own choices. They prefer to make decisions and give us the illusion of choice.
When you hear people saying things such as 'I know I should, but...' what's happening is the internal signals are indicating one thing, the rational mind takes over and overrides it. They know inherently how to implement a decision, but the learning kicks in and takes over. With the result that they are rarely making their own decisions.
When you relearn how to implement a decision in this way, you build up a repertoire of experiences. This allows you to develop your intuition. That is, you begin to recognise what works and what doesn't work for you. This allows you to make faster and more effective decisions because you can easily recognise the patterns as they occur. This is the basis of expertise!
And now to the second part of how to implement a decision, the taking action.
If you knew that the next step you took would get you closer to where you actually want to go, would you be more or less likely to take it?
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