Jul 26, 2019

Every day we are faced with the task of making decisions; some much more difficult than others. 

Should I order pizza or a salad? What should I wear today? Should I take that new job?

While some decisions require more deliberation than others, it’s certain that we spend a tremendous amount of time and energy making considerations.

No matter the complexity of the choice, we should always consider the “after”.

After – It is the word most important to strategy and more specifically to complex thinking. Every action has a consequence as this is natural law. Being able to look at the “after” in all its permutations defines how a problem should be looked at.

Consider the After

Let’s say I am considering starting a new job in a different city. There are many “afters” that should be considered before making a final decision.

For instance, the pay at the new job may be higher, but the cost of living in the new city may also be increased. Another “after” to consider may be the effect it may have on relationships; moving away would likely put a strain on family, friendships, or romantic relationships. 

Being able to look at the “after” in all its variations is essential to complex thinking. 

Proactive Decision-Making

Considering the “after” in our plan is paramount to a desirable outcome. Weighing the pros and cons, examining the short and long term consequences, and considering both the positive and negative outcomes are all important steps in defining and concluding a problem. 

By examining the “after”, we are better equipped to sidestep potential risks or position ourselves to better manage those risks if they are unavoidable. 

Most people tend to focus on the “now” rather than the “after”, and make their considerations based on the immediate outcome. This way of decision-making can be difficult as most learn by figuring out what not to do, or what to do differently next time.

By forcing ourselves to consider the “after” in our plans, we are better positioned to make considerations that will have a more positive outcome with fewer negative consequences. 

Have you considered the many “afters” to derive your plan?

About Roy Murad (edited from https://roymurad.ca/)

Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, consummate entrepreneur, and advocate for new business ventures. Over the course of 35 years, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience from building businesses, guiding companies, and identifying strong investment opportunities – all while nurturing a thriving family. Now, he looks to share his valuable experience with everyone who desires to live a balanced and successful life.

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