How to become a more rational decision-maker

03/21/2012 | Harvard Business Review online

Tony Schwartz offers three pieces of advice for replacing impulsive choices with more intentional decision-making. It begins with cultivating awareness and perspective in order to focus your choices on long-term goals, instead of present ones. Next, you have to accept trade-offs in order to promote the values that are important to you. "The highest challenge we all face is doing the right thing -- especially when it doesn't necessarily serve our immediate self-interest," Schwartz writes.

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