Is this situation life and death – or at least career-threatening? Does it matter which decision you make? Outcome finality plays a huge role in the strategic mindset. If there is no possibility of recovery from a poor decision, the potential for emotional investment in that decision is far greater than a situation that easily lends itself to trial and error. In most cases, for example, quitting a job is a decision that has enormous finality. While you may be able to return to work for your former employer, you may not be able to return to that exact position.
Top performers at all levels and in all industries often make decisions that weigh heavily on their minds. It is almost always the finality of the outcome that creates this weight. Even if the other decision-making factors are favorable, outcome finality (or perceived outcome finality) can create enormous emotional consequences for the decision-maker. Although making these decisions is often why they get paid the big bucks, compensation does not make the process any easier or any less emotional.