Why decision making is so hard: imagine having to make a decision over something you have never encountered before
. The scenario is the stuff of nightmares and, incidentally, legends come out of it too.
How do you prepare for a decision you have a window of just 208 seconds
to make? Or ride the pressure of a World Series home run with two strikes down the way Babe Ruth
did in 1932 and make a shot that will go down in history?
The mind is obviously involved in all this and previous training, memory and experience all play a part. What is never clear enough is the way they are synthesized, on the spot, by a particular person in such a manner as to produce a positive outcome for them, despite all the odds?
Neuroscience points to the way the brain operates under pressure. When it manages to regulate its own emotion it loses itself in a kind of flow
which allows it to see the world in a completely different way.
What we all want is a foolproof way to control our reality
and obtain the outcomes we need. Within certain parameters specified by circumstances, we can do just that. But it is neither ‘foolproof’ nor guaranteed. Each time there is a fluidity and effort involved and a transformation takes place.
As we learn from each situation, every decision, every choice, the ability to create a database of memories and knowledge we can draw from is, directly, the result of our willingness to make the effort, to keep on going, to accept the discomfort and commit to a course of self-development that is never going to end.