I just finished writing the introduction to one of the “ThinkGym Journaling Method Book” chapters called Decision Making and Problem-Solving Pillar. And I am sharing it here.
Unfortunately, these things are not taught in school (as far as I know).
And took me just half a day to write it and a few years to understand it deeply…
So here it goes:
I want you to imagine that now it is winter and you are standing on the top of a big 10 km in height mountain covered with a lot of snow.
You make a small snowball the size of a football ball and push it from your place downhill.
It starts rolling and rolling, and in a few moments, this ball becomes bigger.
In just 30 seconds, it became as tall as a man, and in 1 minute, it became a house size huge snow roller that could demolish anyone standing in its way.
Luckily there are no people, no buildings on the bottom of the mountain, and you're small turned into a giant ball crashes facing the ground.
Now think about this small initial snowball you dropped as your first decision. With time, this decision will have consequences and will or will not create new problems.
Here are a few crucial points about consequences to hold in mind when working on this pillar:
Every day we make hundreds if not 1000ds of decisions.
And, of course, our life becomes what it is as a summary of daily decisions.
When you learn to make better decisions, your life becomes better.
The same goes about problem-solving: daily, we solve many small and big problems, and the results and quality of our lives depend on our ability to solve problems efficiently.
Decision-making and problem-solving are not the same, but they closely interconnect and influence each other. That's why I decided to put them under one pillar.
In this pillar, you will be able to practice a few good exercises in your journal to start training your abilities to make better decisions and solve life problems.
And a few more important points I want you to remember practicing this pillar (they can sound simple, but I learned them from a challenging experience):
Using journaling for decision-making and problem-solving has many benefits, and some of them are:
Next, go exercises…