As I get feedback from Decision Driven® Life trial users, one thing stands out. People are busy, perhaps too busy to add a new habit to their life; however valuable that habit may be. Anyone familiar with Charles Hummel’s excellent booklet, Tyranny of the Urgent, understands that “urgent things crowd out the important.”
So I thought to get my head around this problem, I would use my own tool to examine the decision: Good Habits to Promote. I have framed this decision as: ” What good habits and positive behaviors will I promote and weave into my character?”
I used my fictional example character, Jim GenY, a 20-something single, as the canvas on which to think through the challenge of which habits to form. So acting as Jim, I blitzed through the “Make this Decision” steps:
My Criteria: personalize and prioritize the factors for this decision – what defines a good habit for Jim?
My Alternatives: Jim identified 4 habits that he might add to his life.
A) Early rising – for a daily devotional, time for meditation, reflection, study
B) Decision Driven® Life once a month – shine the light on an important decision and get creative about a fresh approach to that part of life
C) Daily jogging
D) Daily blogging
Think it Through: Evaluate these 4 alternatives against his prioritized factors.
Compare Alternatives: Confirm his thinking by comparing the top 2 alternatives to highlight their advantages and disadvantages.
Here’s the Compare Alternatives results for Early Rising vs. Monthly Decision Driven® Lifing:
Not surprisingly, the monthly habit of tackling an important decision (using Decision Driven® Life, of course) was the most valuable life habit that Jim could form! But it had one weakness relative to Early Rising – there are some decision-making skills to learn and a tool to master. At one decision per month, that could take 4-6 months to build this habit-for-life, assuming it takes 4-6 repetitions of anything to start a decent habit.
Here’s my takeway from this exercise and my recommendation to anyone starting to use Decision Driven® Life. For the first month (your trial period), tackle one decision every week. Blow through the Make this Decision steps shown above. This should take about an hour per decision; any decision that you consider important to your life will work. By the end of the 4th decision, you should be reasonably proficient at decision-making and will have started a very valuable life habit.