Don’t Let Emotions Cloud Decision Making

Kim Monaghan

Don’t Let Emotions Cloud Decision Making

If you’re stuck and can’t find an answer, consider your emotions. Guilt, attachment to money, anger, hurt, frustration, fear and sorrow are all emotional states that impair your ability to move forward, let alone make wise decisions.  Consider this…

“Emotions influence, skew or sometimes completely determine the outcome of a large number of decisions we are confronted with in a day. Therefore, it behooves all of us who want to make the best, most objective decisions to know all we can about emotions and their effect on our decision-making.” – Herbert Simon, American Nobel laureate scientist

“If you’re anxious about something going on in your personal life—perhaps you’re worried about a health scare or you’re nervous about buying a new home—it can cause you to feel anxious over your business decisions. Even though the situations are completely unrelated, research shows you’ll likely have trouble separating the two.” – Inc. Magazine

Therefore, if you’re in a place where you have intense feelings about a decision, you may be ineffective in making the right one—so don’t. When you’re upset, don’t push yourself to look for answers. 

Instead, pause for a bit and take the time to work through the emotional fog first. 

And ask others to be patient with you. Communicate to them that you need time so they don’t jump to the wrong conclusions. 

Then be still and focus. Remember, moving forward is your goal here without worry or fear. Let a clear head, peaceful heart, mindful moment and support of friends, family and your counselor help you find the answers you seek to work back to a balanced state. 

Then, and only then, should you take the next steps toward a better future and a successful career. 

Kim Monaghan, PCC, RYT, CPBS is the owner of KBM Coaching & Consulting LLC, a boutique Human Resources Consulting and Career Coaching Firm serving a national clientele. 

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