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Conscious Belief-Based Decision-Making

If you want to make rational decisions, you have to leave behind subconscious belief-based decision-making and shift to conscious belief-based decision-making. You have to insert a pause between the event and your response to it. The pause allows you time for reflection so you can use logic to understand what is happening, and then make a choice about how to respond. By inserting a pause, you also have time to discuss the situation with others and get advice about the best way to meet your needs.

The main features of conscious belief-based decision-making are:

  • Thought precedes action—you insert a pause between an event and your response to it so you can use logic and get advice in order to determine the best way of meeting your needs.
  • The decisions that are made are based on past experiences and what your personal history has taught you about maintaining internal stability and external equilibrium in your childhood and adulthood. You make decisions based on what we believe you know.
  • You are in control of your action and behaviours.
  • You can consult with others to support and enhance your decision-making.

Conscious belief-based decision-making has one thing in common with subconscious belief-based decision-making: it uses information from the past (beliefs about what we think we know or assumptions we hold to be true) to make decisions about the future. Because you are using beliefs or assumptions, the future you create through your decision-making is usually only an incremental improvement on the past.

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Chapter 6: Understanding Decision-making (Conscious Belief-based Decision-making)