Is it better to think with your heart or with your head? When trying to come to a conclusion about a heart-wrenching decision, the moment of pause always comes immediately after you’ve set your mind on a solution. “But what if…?” “And, if I do that, then…?” You ponder and ponder and ponder only to decide to do…nothing. Why is it so hard to make one decision? Not every decision is heart-wrenching, of course. However, the ones that are make coming to one set resolution very difficult for a variety of reasons.
“When asked if they had decided NOT to buy a product or service in the past year because they disagreed with the social or political values of the company that provides that product or service, roughly a third of Millennials (35%), Gen Xers (34%), and Boomers (36%) say they had boycotted a company in the past year.” Source: MILLENNIALS: A Portrait of Generation Next
Making a decision is always contingent upon a choice. Choice implies two or more distinct possibilities for a resolution. More often than not the choice is between a rational and an irrational resolution – the decision you should make versus the decision you want to make. In cases where more than two options are present, decision-making becomes that much harder.
Is it really this hard, though? Are we just making excuses in order to justify taking a longer time to get to the decision we knew we were going to make? Do we really have to try on every pair of taupe high heel in the store?
Where do we learn our decision-making skills? Is someone at fault? Did Boomers and Generation X raise children (Generation Y and Generation Z) who are tragically indecisive?
“Millennials often prefer to make no decision than the wrong decision. I think it has to do with fear of closing doors on possible opportunities more than indecisiveness, per se.” Source: Bah, Humbug! Why Are Millennials So Cheap?
Shannon and Barbara Kelley co-authored “Undecided“, a book that explores the role choices have in our decision-making. Shannon will be serving as guest host in #GenYChat tonight at 9pm ET where we will discuss the following questions:
Q1. What steps does a woman take to make a decision versus the steps a man takes? #GenYChat
Q2. When making a retail purchase, what impacts your decision-making? #GenYChat
Q3. Have you ever decided to do something against your better judgment? What was the result? #GenYChat
Q4. How do societal or cultural expectations of you affect your decision-making? #GenYChat
Q5. How are your decisions affected by what impact they will have on future generations? #GenYChat
Q6. There is knowing better and doing better. What is scary about doing better? #GenYChat
Q7. How do you decide it’s time to either forgive a friend or let them go? #GenYChat
Q8. How does teaching a child that they can have it all affect their decision-making as an adult? #GenYChat
Q9. Is there anything that you can chase that will make you happier once you have it? #GenYChat
How to Participate in #GenYChat on Twitter
If you haven’t participated in the chat before, but have insights to share, please do the following to participate:
If using Twitter.com:
- Type “#genychat” into the search field
- Reply and ReTweet but add “#genychat” onto your tweets in order for everyone participating to see your tweets
If using TweetChat:
- Sign in through OAuth. (note: Please read this information about using OAuth to give third party applications access to your account)
- Type “genychat” into the search field (The “#” is already provided)
- Click Go
- Reply and ReTweet. TweetChat puts the hashtag in for you so you don’t have to
If using TweetDeck:
- Click the + symbol to add a column
- Type “#genychat” into the search field. A column will appear as the last column in your TweetDeck
- Using the left arrow button, move it next to your Mentions column to better see and respond to your replies while in the chat
- Click the Settings button
- Click on the Twitter tab
- Click on Auto include hashtags when replying
- Click Save settings
- Reply and ReTweet. TweetDeck puts the hashtag in for you so you don’t have to. (Note: You still have to add “#genychat” onto your own tweets in order for everyone participating to see your tweets)
#GenYChat begins at 9pm ET! Get in early for introductions and mingling. See you there!