Give yourself flexibility in making decisions, choices and taking action
On a Sunday afternoon, I was intrigued to write and share on one of the tools used by medical personnel to make some of the decisions about patients in non-emergency situations that are quite relevant in our daily decision-making situations.
It is the BRAIN tool. Let us examine what BRAIN tool means and how we can apply it in our personal life decision making situations.
BRAIN is an acronym for:
Assume you are exploring whether to apply for early retirement, how would you use the BRAIN tool to aid your decision. Let us examine and relate the tool to each aspect of the decision we need to make about early retirement.
Benefits- what you will gain by taking on early retirement
Find out whether the benefits are compelling enough to influence your decision.
Risks- the uncertainty about the effects of your intended action
Can these uncertainties be mitigated to your satisfaction?
Alternatives- a proposition of options to choose from
Are the alternatives strongly convincing to guide your action?
Intuition or Implications- a change or consequence of a planned action
You need to gauge your true feeling, make reflections and how strongly you feel about the implications.
Need Time or Nothing- No action or more time required
By examining these five aspects, you are in a position to make a decision, delay the decision or do nothing about it.
Key Lessons Learnt
The BRAIN tool is commonly used by medical personnel but has been adopted in personal decision making and in other decision-making fields.
The BRAIN tool focuses you to objectively and subjectively examine the issue at hand bringing out a broader view look on the subject matter.
There are other decision-making tools, do not restrict yourself to only this one to increase the quality of your personal decision capacity.
Remember to “Be clear about your goal but be flexible about the process of achieving it”—Brian Tracy and that “The person with the most flexibility has the best chance of achieving the outcome he or she desires–Tony Jeary.
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