There’s plenty of great research that shows that our actions are heavily biased by the default option. Given how important defaults are to our decision making, every once a while, it is helpful to ask ourselves – what is our default setting?
For instance, we can choose to:
– Trust or to doubt.
– Take responsibility or make excuses.
– Read a non-fiction book or scroll further down our Facebook feed.
– Ask the hard question or stay silent.
– Acknowledge mistakes and learn from them or pretend they didn’t happen.
– Observe or judge.
– Save or spend.
– Respond with fantastic attitude or be defensive and prickly.
– Love or hate.
– Exercise or watch TV.
– Care or be ambivalent.
Whatever the decision, our actions are likely to follow our default setting.
It is on us to choose wisely.