How to Kill a Rattlesnake

Linda LaitalaBusiness, Employees, Leadership, Management, Marketing, SalesLeave a Comment

My friend from the Badlands of North Dakota is wary of rattlesnakes.  He said when riding his horse and he spots one, “I usually kill ‘em”.  “I don’t want them to strike out at my horse.” 
“How do you do that, with a gun?”

“Nope, with this”, and he held up a big claw hammer.  “I throw it as hard as I can just over their head.  When they see something shiny approaching fast, their first instinct is to leap up and strike at it.”

The rattlesnake’s quick decision leads to its demise.  Are all quick decisions bad?  Not necessarily, but they can feel wrong.

People believe that a quick choice is always a bad choice.  In fact, research reveals that when people feel rushed while making a decision, though it may have been their choice, they regret the decision even if it turned out well.

Another insight relative to quick decisions is that when we make a choice from many options, we naturally feel rushed because there is so much information to study.  Even when we can take as much time as we need, we feel like more time would have helped us make a better decision.  In other words, it’s not how much time you took, it’s whether you felt you took enough time.

When you don’t give yourself the time you feel you need, you undermine your satisfaction in the choice you made.

Remember, when someone tries to pressure you into deciding right now, say, “I’m going to need more time.”  You won’t regret it.

You don’t want to grab at every shiny object zooming toward your head.

The road is easier together,

Leave a Reply