Making good choices

Doing the washing up and listening to Radio 4 this weekend I became aware of an unfolding story centering on a school in a refugee camp.
Education, the narrator maintained, was the key to transforming the lives of the children. But what do you teach them? That was simple, ‘I teach them to make good choices’.

In NLP we learn from the Presuppositions that having a choice is better than not having a choice and that everyone makes the best choice they can at the time. So why did the idea of making good choices resonate so strongly with me?

I mulled this over a cup of Earl Grey. How do we know we are making a good choice?

A quick Google (other search engines are available) later and I uncover some quirky facts about making choices including:
• An un-cited reference that we make 35,000 a day
• That leaning to the left helps us make better choices…
• …and so does having a full bladder!

It occurs to me that we can only know if a choice is ‘good’ if we are working towards an outcome e.g If I am going on holiday next week (which I am) and want to get into last year’s linen trousers (which I do) then eating a green salad instead of chips is a good choice.

Is it possible that we can only know if a choice is ‘good’ if it helps us towards our desired outcome?

So next time you are required to make a choice, notice how you know it’s a good one, and we’d love to know what you discover.

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