Coin-Based Decision Making

I make many decisions with a toss of a coin. The trick is knowing when it’s appropriate. When I couldn’t tell which choice was better, I used to think it was a “hard decision.” Now, I recognize that maybe both options are equally good. The decision becomes so easy a coin can make it — so I let it.

I just discovered another “flippin’ case”:

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air,

You suddenly know what you’re hoping for.

You know it’s true.

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4 responses to “Coin-Based Decision Making”

  1. Maura Deluca Avatar
    Maura Deluca

    I think this is also how Two-Face from Batman decides things. Not totally sure that’s the right model to go with.

  2. sherilee Avatar

    I agree. Or, ask someone to make the decision for you. When they tell you what they’d do and you disagree, then you know…

  3. Brent Logan Avatar

    You’re right: there are many circumstances where flipping a coin is a terrible way to make a decision. I still like how deciding to give up control can clarify what I actually want.

  4. Brent Logan Avatar

    I think that’s how my daughters used to pick out what to wear in the morning. “Daddy, what dress should I wear?” I’d give my opinion and they’d wear the other. :-D