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Givin’ a flip – the art of forcing a decision

How many times have you tried to make a seemingly insignificant decision and simply cannot weigh the pros and cons? We’ve all been there and most of us waste a ridiculous amount of time trying to decide which decision to make, “Should I cut my hair? Should I go to that party? Which is better the green or aqua shirt…

How many times have you tried to make a seemingly insignificant decision and simply cannot weigh the pros and cons? We’ve all been there and most of us waste a ridiculous amount of time trying to decide which decision to make, “Should I cut my hair? Should I go to that party? Which is better the green or aqua shirt? Whiskey or beer?” etc. etc. etc. What if there was an insanely easy, simple, and convenient way to make that decision? Something like flipping a coin? Yeah I know when I first thought about this I silently smacked myself in the forehead and muttered, “uh duh.” As primitive as this solution may seem, it works.

Here’s the deal, let’s say a group of friends are trying to decide whether or not to enjoy a local paragon folksy band (Haunted Windchimes anyone?) or a foot stomper, shake your money maker original/throwback band (Is that Martini Shot I hear?). Typically this is how it goes down; there’s the one person in the group who obnoxiously tries to sway everyone else or the silent type who has no opinion until a decision has been made whereby they promptly sigh and have a terrible time. Take out all the bias, flip a coin, and be done with it.

Oftentimes I’m lucky if all I have is two decisions to choose from. Typically I have to narrow from four or five to just one. Turns out I can also flip a coin for multiple decisions. Look at it like a scaffold, start with two and keep eliminating until there’s only one option left, easy. — Side note: this works really well when trying to decide what to wear, cardigan? superhero t-shirt? glasses? all three? Seriously try. it. out.

For the continued naysayers who insist that nothing is as easy as flipping coin, here’s your golden nugget. So the verdict has been made the coin lands on heads and upon landing your heart fills with a sense of dread. The upside is that even though the coin flip didn’t have the result…

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