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"True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure - the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character's essential nature." - Robert McKee
We are complex creatures, we humans, aren't we? And we are confronted with all kinds of decisions every day. These decisions are not only driven by external influences, but also driven by internal centers of dominance, depending on the issue. These internal centers represent our layers of depth and the breadth of capacity to make choices for this world too. If we enter into decision-making with greater awareness for these different internal "masters" we can build greater resiliency in and sustainability of our decisions. The Decision-Making Resiliency Model provides circular imagery on the layers of decision-making depth, and leans on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as a foundational framework. This representation is an indicator of what it means to "dig deep," "go inward," "soul search," and in general, find deeper levels of consciousness in one's choices and alignment with core values.
The outer ring represents the basic decision around having enough sustenance to stay alive. Our body needs fuel. Food and water and warmth are the most basic, primal needs. Having access to these needs - mostly having funds to cover these needs - will drive all decisions until the point in time that access is no longer at risk. This ties closely with the second ring in terms of gaining collateral to be able to feel secure, and have a sense of safety that allows us to develop into industrious beings in society. The second ring is closely associated with satiating the body's needs, though - some required, some nice-to-haves, and some hedonistic. Thus, we do find that decision-making emanating from "the body" is inter-changeable with the most outer survival layer.
The third ring, which is not mutually exclusive to the preceding rings, either, is about decisions that come from the heart space, and wanting to be accepted, loved and give love. Decisions of the heart are about creating inclusion and belonging. The heart has a powerful pull on us toward making emotional decisions, and while it can prompt more long term decisions than those driven by the body, it can sometimes be a place of unstable decisions. Decisions from the heart can lead one to pursue choices that make them happy or respond to anger with irrational reactivity, protective of one's ego, "armor up" (B.Brown, 2021) to protect oneself from feeling shame. One feels sad and might choose to skip their routine of mindfulness, exercise and healthy eating that are designed to keep the body strong. The heart decisions can often override those of the body. Anger might make someone want to yell at another person. Fortunately, that is where the mind center kicks in....
The mind is naturally the place where logic and methodology reside. If the mind center is activated, reason calms the heart center, it creates the necessary pause and thoughtfulness, gives one clarity to make a responsible decision.
The final ring represents the deepest center of decision-making. Often, it is the hardest to access, and yet, it is where our optimal decisions reside. It is the gut. If the center is activated, decisions are holistic, authentic, true to your character and core values. It is from here that the most considerate, humble, peaceful, ethical, loving, sincere, satisfying, universally beneficial, joyful, and sense making decisions emanate. On any given day, we make thousands of decisions. We aren't even consciously realizing some of them. Our routines put us into auto-pilot, and the out rings of decision making are the most active. To practice resilient decision-making means activating the soul center. It also means utilizing the other centers in a constructive and integrative way, such that one has greater sense of awareness throughout their choices, acceptance of imperfection and one's vulnerabilities, and an increase in compassion and calm, thereby elevating the self in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.