Have I paused long enough to consider what God’s Word might have to say on this topic?(“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105)
Have I sought and received wise, Godly counsel? (“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.”– Proverbs 15:22)
Have I yielded my will to the Father – searching for His way, His time and not my own? (“…not my will, but yours be done.” – Luke 22:42b)
Have I spent enough time in prayer about this? (“…pray continually” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Have I gathered all of the necessary information?(“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” – Luke 14:28)
Have I performed a sufficiently objective motive check? (“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:2)
Am I risking “analysis paralysis” by holding out for a perfect solution?(Learning from mistakes is part of leading … so am I willing to accept that I might be wrong?)
Am I distinguishing facts from opinions and facing reality as it is – not as I/we hope it to be?
Am I falling for a shiny object and potentially deceiving myself based on the attractive/convincing way something is presented?
Am I following the crowd or placing undue reliance on consensus? (Am I brave enough to be the only one who is “wrong” when something just doesn’t seem right/best?)
Am I rushing/risking too much?(Have I pressed to discover the actual/true decision “deadline?”Have I taken all of the available time to gather information, pray, ponder, research, etc.?)
Am I placing excess reliance on my gut instinct?(Is my/our analytical thinking given proper weight?Is there a way to test my/our hunches with low-risk experiments?)
Am I married to my own idea or does the best idea truly have the freedom to win?
Have I accurately sized up all of the potential consequences/outcomes of each possible course of action (vs. just the most obvious/immediate ones)?
Does the implementation plan contain time-phased measurement metrics that I have actually calendared (vs. merely intended) for a “Plan-Do-Check-Adjust” follow-up?Are these success/failure measurement metrics, and exit-ramps tight enough that we can abort the mission at the right juncture if necessary?
Am I allowing myself to be constrained by a false dichotomy of “either-or” vs. “both-and?”
Am I suffering from the self-serving bias? (i.e., protecting my self-esteem by pursuing a solution that shines the best light on me.)
Is “cognitive fluency” misleading me?Just because something is easy to understand doesn’t make it true.Is there an “illusion of truth” sucking me into its vortex?
Is my aversion to loss causing me to overlook the sunk cost fallacy (when I should be focusing on future cost and benefit, not past loss)?
Am I aware of my own confirmation bias (i.e., searching for/giving greater weight to evidence that confirms my beliefs/existing preferences)?