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    Every Good Decision Starts With A Stop

    Most of us are regularly confronted with choices that can have a serious and lasting impact on our lives.  What’s more, most really bad decisions – the ones that mess up our lives – are made impulsively or without sufficient reflection.  So every good decision starts with a stop.  We must stop to sort out facts from rumors, to evaluate the evidence and devise alternatives so we can choose the most effective and ethical course of action.  The “stop” is a break in the action that allows us to ask ourselves a few crucial questions: “Wait, what do I really want to accomplish here?”, “How will my decision affect others?”, “What are my alternatives?”, and “What could go wrong?”

    This is an adapted summary from a commentary by Michael Josephson.