Focus on the Process, Not the Outcome

If you improve your decision making, there is a good chance that you will also enhance the quality of your life. The idea here is that we are not looking at the outcome of your decisions. Rather, the emphasis is placed on the process that leads to good decisions being made.

Interestingly, most people don’t look at things from this angle. For people to consider a good decision as “good,” they only reflect on the outcome first. So, if the outcome is not desirable, then they end up concluding that a particular decision was bad. An in-depth look into this shows that it doesn’t make any sense. The society that we live in is accustomed to the idea of only celebrating folks who succeed. People never take the time to look at the process that other people went through which led to their unpredicted failures.

Often, people perceive mistakes from a negative perspective. What they don’t realize is that no one plans to make these mistakes. They happen without people’s expectations. As such, individuals should view mistakes as inescapable events that had to occur. This means that making mistakes should not be considered as failing. Take an example of the famous Titanic ship. Individuals who made the mistakes that led to the sinking of the ship never expected the worst to happen. Before the unforgettable events occurred, they were certain that they had designed the best ship in the world. Therefore, it is only after mistakes lead to bad decisions that people end up regretting.

The reality of the matter is that there are instances when good decisions can lead to unwanted outcomes. Indeed, you can’t always be sure that good decisions can make you succeed in life. Most people have made the right decisions only to end with the worst of outcomes. In this regard, success doesn’t have to be linked with good decision-making. It should also be seen that good decision-making can lead to success.

With this in mind, ideal mental models require that you focus on the process and not the outcome. Sadly, this is the last thing that people think about every time they are about to make decisions. In most cases, individuals tend to focus more on the outcomes of their decisions and this hinders them from making the right decisions. It is not uncommon for people to fill their minds with doubts before deciding to do anything. If you asked a friend to help you decide on a particular issue, they will jump to ask you, “what will happen if you do this/that?”

Without a doubt, this is the wrong model to use with regard to decision-making. The best move to take should be to pay attention to the process and less on the outcome. There are numerous reasons why people will be blinded to focus on just the outcome. For instance, some might claim that they don’t have time, whereas others would blame their lack of knowledge. However, it doesn’t matter what your reasons are for failing to concentrate on the decision-making process. The result is that you will end up becoming a poor decision-maker despite of the outcome.

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