We’re great at giving advice to others. We’re terrible at making decisions for ourselves.
So the authors of Decisive recommend that, when you’re facing a tough decision, you ask yourself, “What would I tell my best friend to do?” It’s amazing how quickly this clears away any haze around the issue.
Humans are kinda weird. In theory, it shouldn’t matter whether the decision is facing me, or my best friend, if I’m trying to analyze it logically. But for some reason, just giving ourselves that little extra bit of breathing room yields better results.