Flip a Coin to Help With Your Decision Making

Indecisiveness is not always a fault

While it may seem like something that you need to overcome, being indecisive can actually help you in some situations. Being able to slow down and evaluate all sides to a story or questions before jumping to the answer is a trait that not everyone is able to posess.

Intuition and decision making

Jeff Haden goes into great detail in his article Why Science Says Indulging in a Little Indecision Can Actually Help You Make Smarter, More Empathetic Choices the ways in wich we actually make decisions, as well as what can influence them. One of those factors is intution and “trusting your gut.”

In his article he quotes my first book, The Leading Brain: Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier, and how flipping a coin can be a useful tool in decision making:

If you’re torn between two choices of seemingly equal merit, flip a coin. If you’re satisfied or relieved by the decision the coin made for you, then go with it.

On the other hand, if the result of the coin toss leaves you uneasy and even makes you wonder why you used a coin toss to decide such an important decision in the first place, then go with the other choice instead.

Your “gut feeling” alerted you to the right decision.

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