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This book explains ways that we can make better & more optimal decisions more frequently & avoid the internal & external traps that hold us back in life. This is a very well-organized book with plenty of examples. I like that the main points are shared at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book to highlight what is most important.
Great Points Include: 1) Decision-making affects us all differently because we are different people with different motivations.
2) Your values are the principles, rules, or beliefs that give meaning to your life. Consider what in your past has brought you the most happiness and a sense of meaning.
3) We should consider things from multiple perspectives: analytically, psychologically, worst-case scenario, best-case scenario, artistically & creatively, and ultimately deciding what is really important to us.
Questions To Ask To Improve Your Decision-Making Include: 1) What are the main problems you're trying to solve?
2) Do you have all the information necessary to make the best decision possible?
3) What is the opportunity cost for this decision (what will you miss out on if you made this choice)?
4) Does this get you closer (or further away) from your overall goals?
Ways to Beat "Analysis Paralysis" & Indecision Include: 1) Rank your decisions 2) Automate your habits 3) Set deadlines 4) Begin even when you are not 100% ready 5) Aim for "good enough" 6) Let go of your fear to act 7) Sum up your options
As it promises, The Art of Strategic Decision Making by Peter Hollins encourages those who struggle with making decisions and shares best practices for making decisions quickly, intelligently, and safely. I highly recommend this book.
This is a very informative book on how to make decisions the strategic way. Some decisions are tougher than others to make, but I've learned from this book to not fear any decision-making at all. It is a very important skill to carry around because life is full of decisions, big or small.
I enjoyed the parts in the book talking about cognitive biases and also decision fatigue. The WRAP method was so useful as well. Recommended to my friends and family.
I know I found a 5 star book when I highlight a lot of passages! That's been the case with this book. Some of the biases in decision making were familiar but most were new to me. This book exposes the myriad ways that we make decisions harder than they have to be and offers suggestions to counter those. I discovered a lot of useful advice that I personally will use in making future decisions. This book is engaging and most importantly, it's helpful. It's one of the better books in a self help category .
A touch of humor right there, when Peter said and I quote, “make sure your decisions aren’t making you”. Yeah, I thought that was funny but true in so many ways. Making decisions, at for me hasn’t been easy and I have made more wrong decisions than I can count. This is one that I will keep close and refer to all of the time. The subconscious motives when we make decisions is something I don’t fully grasp. But I will meditate on this for a while. I feel I need time to digest it. Honest and very well laid out book. Simple and easy steps to help you make decisions. For transparency, I got an ARC of this book.
This book really shows you how to examine your own mind and break down your thought patterns and then you can find out how to better yourself by altering patterns. This really can make a difference in your life. If you're looking for sound mental advice about how to improve the way you think which can lead to many positive changes in your life, this book is definitely for you. The author is very well versed on this subject and uses this to help you dig into some things that may be holding you back and even causing you a lot of stress. Do yourself a favor and open up your brain!
As a college student I feel that this book is very helpful. I don't really see it as a self help book, I see it more so as a life guide. It is something I would like to always have on me to refer to when I am at risk of making a bad decision. It is also something I can think back to when making quick decisions. The only reason I am giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because there are a considerable amount of grammar mistakes. Other than that, this book is gold.
In today's life we are often overwhelmed with the sheer number of instances when decision-making is required of us. Sometimes, it's the so-called "embarrassment of riches", having too many options, sometimes is distractions coming at you from all directions. This book is a nice primer on how to clear up your mind for quick and effective decision-making. A recommend.
To me this wasn’t your typical self-help book, in that it didn’t just tell you what you needed to change, it told you how and why you make the decisions you do! And then it teaches you how to do it better!! Great read, found it very interesting to understand how our brains process and make decisions!
Decision fatigue is a very real thing, and this book helps you cut through the noise that the world is constantly feeding us so we can move forward with good decisions that we can feel good about. Making great decisions is one of the most important ways for us to de-stress, and this book helps do that.