by Angie Morgan
In our workshops, we often teach professionals about the value of the “80% Decision” – in other words, there is no such thing as a 100%, perfect decision because we can’t predict the future, so we can’t predict the outcome. But if you can reach an 80% information threshold with your decision, then you should make the call.
This 80% decision-making formula has diverse applications – from business strategists, to Marines in combat, to people in the buffet line. The idea is simple and straightforward: Gather the facts and act.
Easier said than done, right? 80% of information doesn’t always settle with everyone. The perfectionists in our workshops always push us and ask, “Isn’t there a way I can do better than 80% to get a little closer to 100%?” Well, there might be … but that depends on how well you listen to your intuition. You see, our bodies can sense opportunities and threats before our brains can process them. How well you pay attention to your physiological responses to challenges can help inform your decision-making process.
So, can paying attention to your responses give you a decision-making edge? I would argue “yes.” So the next time you’re contemplating a choice, and you’ve went through a decision-making process, yet something still doesn’t feel right, use that to pay attention and truly listen to how you feel. Your gut instinct can be a powerful ally.