Dangerous Decisions: Stopping Before We Start

Know Your Emotions. Know Yourself. Learn to Slow Down.

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Picture this scenario: It’s 11pm, after a long day at work, and your laptop screen is filled with ticket information for that family vacation you so desperately need.

$4000 for the vacation. It’s beyond your budget, but you really want to go. At 11 pm.

Let’s have a moment of honesty here, is this the best time to make this decision?

You probably wouldn’t make this kind of decision at work – $4000 in a budget-blowout – so why make this decision now?

What if we could pause and make a better decision?

What if we had a framework to help us say “I’m feeling this way, or I find myself in such-and-such a situation, I probably need to slow down my decision making” – what if?

Let me introduce you to HALTS. It’s not rocket science. It’s easy to remember, but it will save you from making some painful decisions (sometimes).


H – Hungry

A – Angry

L – Lonely

T – Tired

S – Stressed

When we’re any of these things – hungry, angry, lonely, tired, or stressed – we have an incredible ability to make terrible decisions!

Once, when I was hungry after a day hiking in the Himalayan foothills, I made the decision to head off on my own – in the dark – on an unknown trail. No major search and rescue ensued, but it wasn’t my brightest moment.

When we’re any of these things – hungry, angry, lonely, tired, or stressed – we have an incredible ability to make terrible decisions!

Tired, in the middle of the night – while driving – a friend’s wife drove them 400 miles (~5 hours) in the wrong direction.

Our decisions matter. They matter in business. They matter at home.

To make better decisions, sometimes we need to learn to know ourselves a little better and acknowledge, to ourselves, how we’re doing.

Trust me, if you want to make better decisions, practice HALTS.

Originally published at www.leadcoachrelease.com

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