In the book Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely made a case that our lives are made up of irrational decisions. If this is the case, how do we improve on our irrational behaviors?
First, we begin by becoming aware of our vulnerabilities. Acknowledging a problem is always the first step to a solution. If you’re going to buy an iPhone or an expensive bottle of wine, question yourself — how did this habit begin? What planted this notion that buying a $1,000 phone is acceptable? Are you conditioned by the advertisements and peer pressure?
Second, think about whether the amount of pleasure you get out of the purchase is worth it. Is the purchase necessary? Could you have spent on something better? Do you need an iPhone?
Always question your repeated behaviors that are driven by your subconscious mind. Instead of thinking which iPhone you’re getting, ask if you should get an iPhone at all. In your daily life, you make many decisions, many of them are irrational. An irrational life doesn’t make sense, guard yourself against it.
Be careful of first decisions
Our first decision will always impact the series of subsequent decisions that we will make. If we pick an area to look for a house to buy, that decision will impact what furnitures you’d buy, what schools you’ll send your kids to, what life you’ll shape for your family. While it may seem like it’s just one decision without any deep consequences, the first decisions often have long-lasting effect that will mold our future.
As first decisions have such huge impact, it’s important that we take some care and attention before making them.
“An unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates
Live your life with focused intention. Never let your irrationality be the reason that you live a bad life.
Learn more on how to not let irrationality ruin your life here:Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
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