5 TIPS TO AVOID FALSE SENSE OF CONTENTMENT AND/OR JUSTIFICATION FOR POOR DECISIONS
One of my clients says this happens to her all the time, where she justifies making a poor decision based on a false mental state of contentment or a previous circumstantial outcome. A perfect example of this situation: When she is tempted to eat a pint of ice cream, and justifies the decision to go ahead and eat the entire pint by the fact that last time she did this, she didn’t gain weight. Or, she says she thinks to herself “well, I looked really good in that picture of me from a few days ago.” When the reality is, she says her jeans are a little snug and eating a pint of ice cream is not aligned with her current goal to lose a few pounds.
She has similar experiences with her business. She has made a questionable decision but still had a rewarding experience or outcome. For example, when she hired a new employee last summer after only one interview. She went with what she felt like was a good feeling– and only spent a little bit of time actually checking references and gathering tangible evidence that this was the best decision for her agency. After all, she had hired a new employee years ago in this exact same manner and it worked out great.
She provided the new employee with a dedicated account, and within just a few short weeks, she was seeing evidence she made a poor decision. Several mistakes were made, deadlines were missed, time was not tracked, tasks were not completed, efficiency and production were way off – and ultimately her agency lost this account.
These types of scenarios should not be credited as the norm - but should be acknowledged as exceptions to the rule. I’ve gathered a list of what experts say are the best ways to resist temptation. And if we can just stick to these, then we can avoid shameful feelings of content.
Whether personal or professional, a false sense of contentment can damage our perceptions and result in regrettable experiences. No one wants to end up resentful and deeply regretting decisions they make, so I am going to use the above tips to prepare my clients in their mental discipline.