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Decision making: Flip a coin

Should I or shouldn't I? Do I buy this or not? Vanilla or chocolate? Holidays to Hawaii or Japan?... These are the type of questions that we encounter every single day. While some of these decisions might be easy to take, others are a real pain as there is so much at stake.

Well, how about an efficient, quick & fun way to decide? Go!

"Is he really going to make us flip a coin to take decisions??"

You bet I will!

Like everyone else, I'm facing decisions on a daily basis. A few years ago, I could be very indecisive sometimes and could take ages to make a decision even for the most simple things: Black or white t-shirt? Salted or unsalted butter? Try to go grocery shopping with someone in this state and you're up for quite a long ride!

Then I slowly started to realize all the time that I was wasting on trying to balance the pros & cons and because the balance was kind of 50/50, it was getting even harder. On top of the time wasted, there was also a huge amount of energy on doing research but also on getting my brain to think over and over again on each decision, so at the end of the day I was completely flat out due to wasting my brain on decisions instead of taking action.

Until one day, really indecisive on what to do, I put my hand in my pocket and found a coin. Without thinking I took it out and challenged myself to flip it to make the decision. What started with a simple joke, ended up being a powerful action. By flipping this coin, I was able to get out of the supermarket 15min faster than what I would usually do and I was completely fine with the results. Out of this, I've decided to test it out every time I had to make a decision.

I had quite a lot of fun with it and I was getting really quicker on these small & inoffensive daily decisions without too many consequences. As I'm someone that hates being on the fence, I was getting tired of tossing and turning a decision over the last few weeks: should I leave my Canadian life for a new adventure in Australia? This was a huge decision to make as I'd been living in Canada for a few years by then and had everything I needed.

I reached the coin and flipped it.

I've decided that whatever will come out of it, I will follow and execute without regret. Here I am about 7 years later, lived & worked in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and traveled in more countries than I can count. I went through great and rough times but had, and still have, a hell of a lot of experiences out of it. As you can guess, I ended up leaving Canada.

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So here's the powerful thing about flipping the coin and accepting the decision: you stop wasting time on being inactive by being on the fence and you start focusing on taking action and making it happen. Regardless if it ends up being a mistake or not, at least you'll learn something out of it and you build your experience. Life is too short to sit & wait.

Something else that I've found very interesting while analyzing this methodology: whatever the decision, we will always find good reasons to justify it. So I found that this coin was sometimes giving me the kick in the butt that I needed to start moving forward on some projects. Also, it happens sometimes that when I flip it and I see the results, I have that natural reaction to say "oh damn, I wish it felt the other side!"so I go with my gut. I simply acknowledge that I'd actually made my decision subconsciously, just that I don't want to face the consequences.

So I challenge you to try it & have some fun! This will put you out of your comfort zone and you'll get to experience new things.