I was listening to a podcast the other day, and the conversation really struck a chord.
They were discussing how we often remove the human behavior aspect when trying to understand others or even ourselves.
We oversimplify when looking at things after the fact or as outsiders.
This can lead to a disconnect between our expectations and reality.
Take weight loss, for example.
Sure, it’s pretty straightforward – consume fewer calories than you burn, and you’ll lose weight.
Trouble is, you’re overlooking the complex emotions and habits that influence our eating patterns. Stress, cravings, social pressure, and even cultural factors can all contribute to our decisions around food.
The same goes for personal finances.
Saving money should be as easy as spending less than we earn, right?
Yet, once again, human behavior complicates the equation. Impulse purchases, societal expectations, and emotional spending can all get in the way of saving for our goals.
So, what can we learn from this?
It’s essential to recognize that human behavior is a critical factor in any decision-making process. Ignoring it can lead to frustration and failure when our plans don’t work out as we’d hoped.
Instead, when approaching a goal or trying to understand someone else’s perspective, take a step back and consider the human side of the equation.
What emotions, habits, or external pressures could be influencing the situation?
By acknowledging these factors, we can create more realistic expectations and develop strategies that account for the complexities of human behavior.
We’re all human.
Except from the AIs that are invading us…
Reason why it’s more and more important to tune into our own intuition, into our empathy and emotions. Those who can mix it all with sound logic principles and a good grasp of reality, will take the lead.
An example of taking your intuition and combining it with AI? I made a quick video a while ago where I write a usability testing plan using CHatGPT.
Quote and reflection of the day:
“Fools have neither rules nor tools. You must develop parameters that will define opportunities and determine how and when you will act. How? By doing homework (i.e., research, testing, trial and error) and defining the parameters with rules.”
- Jim Paul, What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars
Good decision making happens long before a decision is made. It’s in the constant preparation and in the boundaries of the rules you give yourself.