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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Friday - Thinking, Goal Setting, and Decision Making

It's Friday!

The end of the work week and another original post about what's going on in the world/my life.

Getting started in emergency preparedness is pretty easy. You buy some food, store some water, get a gun or two, learn some first aid, and do a few upgrades on you car and home. Easy, right.

Until, you start digging deeper. You begin to see how fragile the systems, we rely on for our survival, have become. Food, water, protection, our rights, the list becomes interconnected and endless.

Then, you start getting ready as fast as you can.

For me, I can't do everything at once. I don't have an endless supply of money or time, so I have to prioritize. Once I prioritize, remember your "Threat Analysis," I start setting goals.

Remember, your threat analysis will be different from mine.

To set my goals, I use a goal setting sequence.

Goal Setting

1. Set a Goal that is Measurable and Attainable

2. Set A Timeline (when is it going to be completed and how you will know when you have completed it)

3. What are your resources

4. What are you limitations

5. Break your goal down into smaller steps

6. Reward yourself when you have completed your goal (or the smaller objectives)

Let's look at an example:
I want to have 860 rounds of 5.56mm (ammunition for an AR-15) in a military ammo can. For me, the ammo must have the same lot numbers.

1. Set a Goal
860 rounds in a ammo can

2. Set a Timeline
By the end of April '09

3. What are my resources
100 dollars a week for the next 4 weeks. I already have an ammo can

4. What are my limitations
Hard to save money and I can be distracted from my goals

5. Break the goal down into smaller steps
Write out the order for my ammunition, today. Put 100 dollars in an envelope, for the next four weeks. Once I have $400, buy a money order and send in my order.

6. Reward yourself
Shoot some of my older ammo

Now, This next thought may have needed to come first or it should have been second, but either way you will have to make decisions. It is similar to the OODA Loop that I talked about earlier, this week.

Decision Making Process

1. Identify the Problem

2. Brain Storm Solutions

3. Pros and Cons of each Solution

4. Choose a Solution (with the most Pros)

5. Act on that Solution

6. Review the Outcome

If you don't know what "Brain Storming" is, ask a 5th Grader. If you don't have a 5th Grader handy,

Brain Storming

1. List all of the possible solutions to a problem

2. Discard all of the outrageous ideas

3. Choose the top 5 or 10 ideas

There is more, but that is pretty much what you will need to know for the decision making process, I am writing about.

Before I go, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"Logic are the lies we tell ourselves when we make a decision based on emotion" Someone You Know


Effective - Teams, Brain Storming Techniques

Wikipedia - Brain Storming

DANA Foundation - Decision Making and Planning


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