Widening your perspective

The LifeEditor deliberately uses very unusual concepts to help you think about your impending choice from different angles. These are often not how we would normally approach the decision-making process, but that is exactly the point. By thinking about your decision in a different kind of way, it helps cut through habitual or received thought-processes and tap straight into to the real you.

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Trust your intuition

LifeEditor does not follow a conventional, scientific decision-making process but offers an alternative, more intuitive model. It helps you find your own true orientation by asking you to test your option against an unfamiliar set of reference points. In a way, by first disorientating you with unfamiliar concepts, the LifeEditor compels you to get out your own internal compass to find which way to go.

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Free from influence

Most decisions you make are made under the influence of other people, especially figures of authority. This skews what you take into consideration, based on the other people’s ideas and priorities. With LifeEditor there is no external influencer, no one trying to persuade you of their point of view, pushing you in one direction or another. It’s just you, answering an independent set of questions. It may feel like you are consulting someone, but the only person you are consulting is your true self.

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Framing your question

The way LifeEditor works is to evaluate one option at a time. You can’t use it to look at two alternatives at the same time, like “should I move to France or Germany?” because LifeEditor tells you how right for you a particular option is. If you have two options you are considering, you will need to evaluate them one after another, ie: “should I move to France?” and then “should I move to Germany?”

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Rational decision-making

LifeEditor is a non-rational, person-orientated decision making model. But I’ve included here a short summary of a standard, rational decision-making model for your reference. You may find it helps you put the role of LifeEditor into perspective, or orientate yourself if you get a bit lost.

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Brainstorming possible options

Brainstorming is an idea-generation technique used in planning and decision-making. It works by separating the process of generating of ideas from evaluating them. You suspend judgement when brainstorming in order to free you imagination to run wild. By temporarily removing constraints and limitations it enables you to be more creative in the ideas you come up with.

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Borderline decisions

Options which score just under, or just over, 50% are on – or close to – the borderline. They do not constitute a clear way forward. They lie in that grey area in the middle between definitely right and definitely wrong for you. Anything which is only just right or only just wrong needs to be clarified before you either pursue it or reject it. There are two ways to improve or clarify a borderline decision: adapt it or look for an alternative.

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Adapting your options

To adapt an option into a safer choice to take, try emphasising its existing strengths or adding new positive features. Conversely, to make certain that a borderline option really should be rejected, try adapting it by emphasising its negative aspects, or adding new negative aspects.

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Looking for alternatives

If adapting your options hasn’t produced a clear winner, you should go back and look for alternatives. This is all about being open-minded and searching for other ways to achieve what it is you really want, which often lies behind what you think you want.

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Current situation review

You can still benefit from using LifeEditor even if you don’t have a specific decision to make or any particular future course of action in mind. You can use it to tap into the wisdom condensed into these models to make an assessment of your current situation in life.

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