Decision-Making: Personal and Life Choices
“Stop and Go: Obstacles and Pathways in Making Choices ” (SL#103)
by Wm. M. Pinson, Jr., Th.D. with Lloyd Elder, Th.D.
adapted from SkillTrack® Vol. 10 - Decision-Making

As you make your way along this journey called “your life,” you may find it helpful to record what you observe or experience about making choices. For example:

We have created such logs and suggest that you receive them as a resource as you make yours. To get started, choose to draft at least five on each list. Then as you “stop and go,” review your work and see where it leads you.

  1. Avoid Obstacles and Pitfalls

    Following are some of those obstacles and pitfalls. Which obstacles have you faced?

    “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”--Gal. 6:7

  2. Follow Proven Tips and Pathways

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”--Phil. 4:8

“. . . decision making involves not only how we think (i.e. the cognitive), but also how we feel (i.e. the affective).” --Sobel, The 12-Hour MBA Program, p. 226
  1. Reflection: Hard Decisions for Personal Choices
    For example, most of us consider honesty to be a basic value. Thus a decision that involves dishonesty is wrong. Or is it? Were those who hid Jews from the Nazis, who lied about their whereabouts, in order to save their lives making the wrong decision? Or are there “layers” of values? Is saving lives a higher value than honesty? If so, is the decision to lie in order to save lives a right decision?

    Other Cases from your knowledge or experience:

 

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership