Monday, March 9, 2009
Davidson's Doctrine Applied When You Are Uncertain
When a decision has to be made within a relatively short time span, whether it is to be made by an individual or a group, the worst thing you can do is dither or vacillate about it. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. You always have the default option of not doing anything. However, once you decide that a decision has to be made that will move you away from your present situation, some action is required. Davidson's Doctrine can be applied: Select any possibly acceptable option and assume that you have already made that decision. Determine what the first few procedures are along that path, and take a few simple steps in that direction while you are still behaving as though no change has been made. Consider all of the implications of this assumed decision. Think about cost, effects on other people and events, what people will think of you for having selected this choice, whether making this decision will lead to other required decisions. If you are comfortable with the implications of this assumed decision, go ahead and make it an actual choice. If some of the implications bother you, assume that you have made an alternate choice, and see if it is acceptable. The decision only needs to be comfortable and acceptable for you. It does not have to be the optimum choice. If no choice feels comfortable to you, take the default option, and wait a while before you again consider a change. Doing nothing is OK when doing something will not produce a comfortable and acceptable result.