In the course of the day we make hundreds of decisions—from when to get out of bed and what to eat, to how to organize our time, to what behavior is helpful or harmful, right or wrong. With small decisions, the pressure is less and a misstep not so serious. However, with important ones, especially ones needing to be made in the midst of change, challenge, or crisis, the burden is far heavier and the consequences often life-altering.
One of the most common questions we hear from clients is, “Am I thinking about this correctly?” And for good reason: chaos begets confusion—and with it uncertainty about how to move forward.
Our Ethics Advising and Emotional-laden Decision-Making services help clients to make difficult decisions that are not only wise and beneficial to them, but also ones that they feel good about and can live with long-term. Through focused discussions and a guided, step-by-step process, clients are better able to frame problems; think through and analyze the issues at stake; assess risk, both to themselves and to others; determine relevant facts; consider important values, examine inconsistencies, assumptions, biases, and prejudices; evaluate options; and finally, arrive at a decision and a course of action that is right for them. Because difficult decision-making often involves important others, we also help clients prepare for “difficult conversations.” And because decisions can sometimes be challenging to carry out, we help them with accountability.
Just a few benefits clients receive include:
• Better understanding of yourself, your goals (both short and long-term), and your needs, wants, and desires.
• Being able to manage emotions and see clearly in the midst of stress.
• Avoiding errors in thinking that can negatively skew outcomes.
• Preventing costly mistakes, lost opportunities, and wasted time.
• Reduced tension, worry, and hardship experienced by your and your loved ones.
• Being able to hold your ground and take command of yourself no matter how difficult or emotionally charged the situation.
• Living with integrity—acting in a way consistent with your values and conscience.
• Making sure the actions you take contribute to making you into the person you want to be.
Ethics advising, emotional-laden decision-making, and wise counsel are helpful for individuals, couples, families, and groups.