If a decision is made during the “Emotional Reaction” phase
of the cycle, it most likely will short-circuit the process
designed to develop a rational plan of action. Such
decision-making will most likely produce poor results. This
is where wars, important business deals, and political
actions are won and lost. We frequently become our own
worst enemy due to our uncontrolled emotions.
If an “Emotional
Reaction” either distorts or influences the
the results will almost certainly be skewed. The decision
that may be considered the best option might
actually be the most satisfying emotional choice.
of eliminating emotions from the process, particularly the
first few times you try to do so, may sometimes seem to be
an insurmountable obstacle. We suggest, if you are
experiencing that difficulty, that you attempt to envision
yourself with positive results after the fact. If that does
not work or you are literally unable to put aside your
emotions, get guidance from someone you respect - clergy,
coach, or even a therapist. Such advisors can frequently be
helpful in navigating through these issues.
is cleared of the
“Emotional Reaction” syndrome, the next step will be to