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We must switch from unconscious belief-based decision-making to conscious belief-based decision-making if we wish to make intelligent decisions.

The event and our response to it must be separated by a pause. The pause gives us space for thought so that we may apply reasoning to comprehend what is happening and decide how to react. A pause gives us the opportunity to discuss the matter with others and seek guidance on how to best meet our requirements.

Main features:

  • Thought precedes action. Putting a pause between an event and our response to it so that we can use reason and seek guidance to decide how to best meet our needs.

  • The choices are based on past events and what your own life experiences have taught you about preserving internal stability and outward equilibrium during childhood and adulthood. We base our decisions on what we think we know.

  • We are in control of our action and behaviours.

  • We can seek advice from others to strengthen and support our decision-making.

One thing that conscious belief-based decision-making and subconscious belief-based decision-making have in common is that both rely on knowledge from the past (beliefs about what we believe to know). Because of this, the future we design typically only represents a slight advancement over the past.


It is difficult to make the transition from conscious belief-based decision-making to values-based decision-making. Before we can make this transition, we must individuate (establish ourselves at the transformation level of consciousness) and cultivate a self-authoring mind. To be fully and naturally capable of making values-based decisions, we must first become viable and independent in our framework of existence.

We make sense of the world by our beliefs, and most of these views have to do with our personal and cultural upbringing. This is why the transition from belief-based decision-making to values-based decision-making requires individuation. Examining these ideas and letting go of the ones that don't serve us are both part of the process of individuation. We develop a new sense of direction based on our strongly held values as we let go of these ideas. Values are the universal guidance of the soul. soul's all-encompassing compass. You may essentially toss your rule books out the window when you go to values-based decision-making. You base every decision you make on the things that are deeply meaningful to you.

Values-based decision-making allows us to create a future that resonates deeply with who we really are. It fosters an environment that promotes authenticity and integrity. That is not to suggest that rational thought and logic, as well as conscious belief-based decision-making, have no place in society. It exists. But every important choice we have to make ought to stand up to the values test.

Main Features:

Thoughts precedes action. We make decisions based on the values we believe will help us meet our needs.

The decisions made are not influenced by the past. They are based on the future that we hope to build.

We are in control of our action and behaviours.

We can seek advice from others to strengthen and support.

We make decisions based on our ideals in order to consciously design the future we want. For instance, if we value trust, we ought to make choices that enable us to show trust. If we value accountability, we'll make choices that enable us to show it.

Information from

Richard Barretts 6 Modes of Decision Making


Make valued living your no 1 priority.

Follow your bliss! If you do, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people in the field of your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be - Joseph Campbell
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