PRODUCTIVITY: Thinking about decisions

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

From an Early To Rise ezine

Learning From Saddam
By Robert Ringer

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Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to avoid making The Big Mistake, but a method that I find works very well is what I refer to as “looking backward from the future.” Here’s how it works:

1. Project yourself into the future before you act.

2. Picture the worst possible consequences of your actions.

3. Pretend to look over your shoulder from the future – at where you are today.

4. If Step 2 is much worse than what you see in Step 3, you would be wise to rethink your plans. Put another way, if you’re not prepared to live with the worst-possible consequences of your contemplated action, take a pass.

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This may be another way of saying above and below the waterline.

Have to think about the two and compare.

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