Peeling the Onion: Option E – ‘Settle on a key resolution based upon my intuition,’ as my best Resolution Option for the New Year: using Option Solving?

Having already gone through the option solving exercise, it is now easier for proponents to map out the sub-options connected to their earlier chosen Option. In this case I was working with Option E: “Settle on a key resolution, based upon my intuition, and then set out a serious game plan to fulfill.”
In the case of any participants, they will quickly set into formulating an optimal question with its due considerations. It could come out as: “What is likely to be my best Peel the Onion options for the New Year, based upon Option E – “Settle on a key resolution based upon my intuition”: considering that it’s not easy to stick with them; it’s not easy to come up with the right sub-options; and after so much traditional, rational thinking to be comfortable relying on ones intuition, at all?” They just selected the roughly 50% of considerations that were of the greatest importance…see this in our latest example.
Having got this far, they now created two framing yin and yang “bookends;” so as to assist their creative intuition find the most plausible option. The ‘bookends’ were, “Jump at first thing that comes to mind ” and “Go for a full rational analysis at the outset ,”… as shown in our Latest Example. It also shows why these two bookend options were the least favorable ones.
With my question and bookends in place once again, I was now challenged to produce at least five alternative, more practical options In this case, I produced six, although I didn’t show my true responses owing to the range of possibilities. For that reason I didn’t proclaim their choice of one particular option, in this week’s example..
Now these six were in place, I was ready to pursue some emotional distancing for about 30 minutes. I went off and chatted about something quite unrelated before returning to review my pictogram and made a spontaneous choice. Once done, I immediately used this choice to devise an action initiative while all the options and issues were still fresh in my minds. Now I had determined my New Year’s Resolution, for better or worse.
If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area. Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “Our best option for evicting a non-paying tenant?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)

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My best Resolution Options for the New Year: using Option Solving?

It’s that time of year, again, for everyone to be thinking or talking about their New Year’s Resolution. There are all sorts of myths and stories about this activity, which either add value to the event or disparage it as a waste of time depending on who you listen to. Nevertheless, I will share with you my approach, using option solving, that you can either emulate or use your own approach.
In true option solving fashion, I formulate an optimal question with its due considerations. This worked out to be: “What are likely to be my best resolution options for the New Year, considering it’s not easy to stick with them, it’s not easy to come up with one or two that will have the most beneficial impact, and they might lead into bigger scenarios that I can handle?” There were two or three more considerations, but I just selected the roughly 50% that were of the greatest importance…see this in our latest example.
Having produced this, I now created two framing yin and yang “bookends;” so as to assist my more creative intuition find the most plausible options. The ‘bookends’ turned out to be, “Not bother with any resolutions at all” and “Help everyone else with their resolutions,”… as shown, again, in our Latest Example. It will also indicate why these two bookend options didn’t make the most sense.
With the question and the bookends in place, I was in my most productive state to produce at least five alternative, more practical options My intuition couldn’t wait to set work on these because it was so bothered by the less and plausible bookends My five ultimate possibilities are in our latest example and at random I will share one: “Develop 4-5 resolution options and then sleep on them to produce one” – Option C. I’ve added another ellipse (F) in case you wish to include an option of your own.
Now these five options were in place, I decided to sleep on all of them to create some emotional distancing. However, I decided to “Peel the Onion” instead of working out “Next Steps” the following morning because I wanted to see how things might look with another iteration. Later that second day I did just that and I will share that with you in the next blog session in 2 weeks.
If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area. Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “Peel the onion: My best resolution options for the New Year?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)