Your best decisions nearly always come from using your brain’s full capacity. Adding your experience and developed expertise gives you a winning formula for decision making.
We could spend hours on this subject, but to be concise, let’s take a shallow dive into some neuroscience. We’re all familiar with the term “fight or flight.” When we’re under increased threat, stress, or pressure (something we all experience at various times in our life), a defense mechanism activates. The limbic system of our brain is designed to override the higher-level cognitive functions of our brain to protect us. If you see a bear in the woods, the amygdala is triggered to send a message to your brain and deploy emergency measures – fight, flight, or freeze. If you think about these three reactions, none of them are very helpful in making good decisions in our normal environment unless that decision involves an oncoming truck!