Ideas (3) – Evaluate Your Ideas –

You´re sitting in front of your idea-material.
The creative thought-game is over. You got the result on your own, maybe with friends or even by interviewing others about your topic.

1) Brainstorming is over.
2) Idea generating is over.
3) Evaluating your ideas – is ON!

Barry Schwartz suggests in his book “the paradox of choice” that most good decisions involve these steps:
– figure out your goal(s)
evaluate the importance of each goal
– array the options
– evaluate how likely each of the options is to meet your goal(s)
pick the winning option

– later you can use the consequences of your choice to modify your goal(s)….

I can´t remember that I ever did choose that way. Using such rational steps? No. I was emotional. I liked something right away, I had the feeling it matches to this and that, so I grabbed and bought it. Did I ever evalute? No.

Yes: I did evaluate my choices when I was buying a house. When it comes to the big money, you really start to think about this and that, like: “do I need this?” Or: “how much of this is enough?” And next: “How much is one? What´s the cost of all?” Sit and go on with the thought: “what´s really necessary to have?”

Believe me, you will evaluate your choices. Now here is the fun: the more you evaluate up-front the more freedom you will have later to decide about the nice little things which will fill-up your rooms!
Which colours to choose for – the office, the sleeping-room, the light bathroom. The furniture in your living room!
And which floor will you choose to walk on?
Will it be some warm wood?

Which rooms will be flooded by sunbeams in the morning? And where is West? How big is the window on the westside?
You need to do your brainstormings when it comes to your new home! And you will choose wisely.

Well, that takes some time about “where” to go. Big city? Suburb? Out in the country side? And WHY here and not there? WHO lives in this area? Who is my potential neighbour?

A new JOB!
What are my skills? What are my talents, my home-run? What is it that I´d love to be? How much do I carry already inside to fulfill it and: how much do I need to learn on top? What about this extra education? How long will it take?

Whatever you choose to change or re-new in life: you need to sit down and gather all your ideas.
Evaluate your ideas.
Go for the winning decisions and take the consequences with you!


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6 Responses to “Ideas (3) – Evaluate Your Ideas –”

  1. Lori
    June 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    The more time we take to really see what we want to use all our senses and then drop in and use our intuition, the better it will be.
    Well done Rita!!

    • rita jaskolla →
      June 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Yes Lori, the “emotional” choices are often the intuitive ones so we stop thinking about it.

  2. Luis Rosario
    June 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Great points Rita, sometimes people follow through with emotions instead of logic. I think it’s a must to evaluate our ideas before executing them and thinking about all possible outcomes! Thanks for the great content once again!

    • rita jaskolla →
      June 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      Yes, I wish we would have learned that a bit better in early childhood! It´s a good topic for parenting.

  3. Mandy Curry
    June 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Another thought provoking post. 80% of buying decisions are based on emotion. That can definitely get us into trouble at times. I like your rational approach.

    • rita jaskolla →
      June 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Thanks Mandy for your inspiring comments! And again: with honesty we will find out “what” we really do when we decide.