The board meeting in your head
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The board meeting in your head

When I have to make a decision or judgment about something really thorny, I like to hold a board meeting in my head. Sound like something that might be up your alley? Here's how it works.

Turn every feeling or reaction or perspective into a fully embodied person and let each "person" make their opinions known. This means giving them all a voice (sometimes I take this quite literally) and letting them take the floor for a minute at your imaginary board meeting.

(If you're going to try this, do yourself a favor and grab some good old fashioned pen and paper to do your thinking when you do).

Then ask–what does the optimist say? What does the skeptic say? What does the data monger say? What does the heart-on-the-sleeve say? What does the adrenaline junkie say? What does the financial manager say? What does the play-it-safe say? What does the future you say? What does the nine-year-old version of you say? What does the scientist say? What does the doctor say? What does the teacher say? What does the student say?

Now that you’ve hosted your board meeting in your head and know what all the other you’s say, what do you say?