We can often find ourselves in situations where we’ve got to make a decision, and we’ve got to make it now! There isn’t always time to focus on the facts when you’re under pressure. You can become so preoccupied with reaching a conclusion on time that you overlook how you arrived at it, and even whether it’s the right conclusion.
By using the Ladder of Inference, you can analyze each “rung” of your decision making, by asking yourself exactly what thought process you went through to reach your conclusion, and why. This way, you can eliminate your personal assumptions, validate the facts, and make a decision based on solid information.
Find out more about the Ladder of Inference, and how you can use it to make objective, rational and well-considered decisions, in our article.