How to Make Good Decisions

Learn how to make a good decision by tuning in to your intuition’s little voice.

Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #111

If you make decisions in your life, you can start making much better decisions much faster by learning how to listen to your heart, or your intuition, or your little voice —whatever you care to call it—instead of your shrieking monster.

I make great decisions; here’s an example. Pretend I have a lot of toxic waste and my factory is conveniently located next to the city’s water supply. There’s a decision that could be made: what do I do with the waste? And I have a voice in my head that’s screaming at me to make it. “It’ll cost so much to dispose of that toxic waste properly. You have to do something with it and dumping it in the water supply is easy and cheap. Maybe toxic waste has beneficial health consequences? Maybe all new babies will be twice as smart, since they’re born with two heads.”

How to Make Good Decisions

It’s not just me. Some businesspeople and politicians spout great, moral words while doing the opposite in private. Are they insane? Probably not. Yes, they hear voices in their head. The problem is that they’re listening to the wrong ones.

The reason it’s hard to hear the little voice is because of Shrieking Monster. That’s the voice that uses our insecurities, greed, and fear to push us into doing really stupid stuff. It says “Without a velvet Elvis poster, you’ll never impress the neighbors,” or “You’ve done so well on your diet, you deserve a tasty deep-fried brick of cheddar cheese with cream sauce and brown sugar!” Shrieking Monster justifies, explains, and gives us the excuses so we can Do The Wrong Thing and still feel self-righteous.

How to Listen to Your Intuition

Fortunately, we have another voice that’s wiser.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.