There are only so many hours in a day, and you want to make the most of them. Being more decisive will help you reclaim the time you spend going back and forth (and back again).But for many of us, it’s more natural to flip-flop. That’s because—especially at work—you want to be sure you’ve really thought through your approach and are making the very best choice.Which of the following 6 mindsets could help you make good decisions, and be decisive without delay ?

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65 thoughts on “There are only so many hours in a day, and you want to make the most of them. Being more decisive will help you reclaim the time you spend going back and forth (and back again).But for many of us, it’s more natural to flip-flop. That’s because—especially at work—you want to be sure you’ve really thought through your approach and are making the very best choice.Which of the following 6 mindsets could help you make good decisions, and be decisive without delay ?

  1. In my opinion it’s No: 6 ( Indecision ). I have observed at times , certain Managers/staff over-contemplate and protract a basic decision. It doesn’t inspire confidence, does it? If anything, appearing indecisive tends to make us doubt a person. a)We may assume our colleague is trying to play it safe and protect themselves from risk at any cost. b) We may think they lack the grit necessary to deal with the consequences, good or bad. c) We may even question their knowledge and experience. I feel,Indecisiveness is surrendering precious time, energy, and other resources by prolonging a decision whose outcomes could be the same—if not better—if they’d made a quick call.

    In fact an important HSBC survey of staff throughout India found that of all the traits that can help leaders / Mentors build credibility, the three skills that make the biggest impact are open communication, DECISIVE ACTION, and personal presence.

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  2. In my opinion it’s No. 1( limit your options). We’re already stretching our self to make—and stick to—a decision, so don’t pressure yourself to work on this skill when we have a million other things going on. If we’re distracted by a totally unrelated urgent deadline, then it’s not the moment to challenge yourself to make a choice without second-guessing.
    Instead, look for a time when you don’t feel pressured to multitask. Seize that window to think through some decisions, like what direction you want to take an upcoming project, or which of two approaches you think makes the most sense.

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    1. I think you are quite right, Madam. I guess it’s often best to limit your options.
      Too many options can lead to analysis paralysis, where no choice is made, or , where the process of evaluating options drains your decision-making reserves and causes you to make a poor choice.

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  3. Decision making is the key skill in the workplace and very important for leaders. It is also important every day in your personal life. … Decision making is a critical skill for effective management and leadership and this type of managements and leadership qualities allows us to limit our duties i.e our options. According to me point no..1(limit your options) is having its own importance .Be independent is the best way to follow our limits. Good decision makers are “collaboratively independent and admit your mistakes.Gather Information for Weighing Your Options. When making good decisions it is best to gather necessary information that is directly related to the problem.

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  4. Life is full of tough choices, but they don’t need to be massive drains on your time. Lay a strong foundation to make decisions generally like When we really struggling with a decision, it’s often because your mind thinks one thing is practical while your heart wants something else. Pay attention to what you hope will happen. For example, when you ask a mentor for advice, what are you hoping she’ll tell you to do or not do? Or if you had to make a decision based on a coin toss, which side would you hope it lands on? We’re not purely rational creatures. It’s right (and good!) to listen to your hopes because they often give you deeper insight into the decisions you actually want to make.

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  5. Life is full of tough choices, but they don’t need to be massive drains on your time. Lay a strong foundation to make decisions generally like When we are really struggling with a decision, it’s often because your mind thinks one thing is practical while your heart wants something else. Pay attention to what you hope will happen. For example, when you ask a mentor for advice, what are you hoping she’ll tell you to do or not do? Or if you had to make a decision based on a coin toss, which side would you hope it lands on? We’re not purely rational creatures. It’s right (and good!) to listen to your hopes because they often give you deeper insight into the decisions you actually want to make

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  6. Life is full of tough choices, but they don’t need to be massive drains on your time. Lay a strong foundation to make decisions generally like When we are really struggling with a decision, it’s often because your mind thinks one thing is practical while your heart wants something else. Pay attention to what you hope will happen. For example, when you ask a mentor for advice, what are you hoping she’ll tell you to do or not do? Or if you had to make a decision based on a coin toss, which side would you hope it lands on? We’re not purely rational creatures. It’s right (and good!) to listen to your hopes because they often give you deeper insight into the decisions you actually want to make.

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  7. According to me point 2,4 are important. we should know the difference between good and bad choices. We should take decisions according to that.
    Time is very precious to all of us and so we should do our work on time. If time has gone once, it never comes again. We should know the value and respect the importance of time every single moment. We should not waste time at all till the end moment of our life. Time is very strong and powerful than everything in this world.

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    1. You are quite right about No: 2 , Madam ( Hard line between Good or Bad Choices ). In fact, you will be pleasantly surprised to note that all trained managers are taught to apply the following system to arrive at GOOD CHOICES:

      Good Manager / Parents look into four things to consider when making a Good choice for taking a decision:

      Goals
      Options
      Outcomes
      Probabilities

      The first letters of these make up the word GOOP. Making a decision involves thinking about all four of these elements. You might feel that we don’t need to think much about one of these elements (such as probability), Sorry – each of the 4 elements are equally important to ponder upon. You are sure to make a good choice should you apply the GOOP.

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  8. According to me, point number 4 is very important i.e. THINK OF YOUR TIME AS MONEY. As “Money can always be gained; lost Time can never be recovered.” So, whenever we are making the decisions it should be within the time period and we shouldn’t take long pauses to take our decisions. Secondly, REMEMBER THAT INDECISION KILLS so as we are making our decisions we must focus on the thing that we should take a correct decision. which will be beneficial for us in the future. In the last, MAKE A HARD LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD CHOICES as it will take you on the right path of your choice.
    So, firstly make up your mind to the time limit provided, then see that this shouldn’t lead to an indecision and then see the pros and cons of that decision. and finally take the decision for a situation.

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    1. This is true, Madam. Whether we are doing something like preparing a project or making decisions. If we proceed logically through a proven process, we will avoid wastage( Time , Energy & Money ) and make use of the right resources at the right time.

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  9. Life is full of tough choices, but they don’t need to be massive drains on your time. Lay a strong foundation to make decisions generally like When we are really struggling with a decision, it’s often because your mind thinks one thing is practical while your heart wants something else. Pay attention to what you hope will happen. For example, when you ask a mentor for advice, what are you hoping she’ll tell you to do or not do? Or if you had to make a decision, which side would you hope it lands on? We’re not purely rational creatures. It’s right (and good!) to listen to your hopes because they often give you deeper insight into the decisions you actually want to make.

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  10. Life is full of tough choices, but they don’t need to be massive drains on your time. Having clear values that you try to live by can make tough decisions easier. For example, maybe you know there’s a certain amount of time you want to spend with your family, or a baseline level of debt you’re willing to carry. When it comes time to a decision about work travel, or taking a new job with a long commute, or making a big purchase, you’ll immediately recognize whether choosing a certain course of action would violate one of those values or guide rules and one more thing When you’re really struggling with a decision, it’s often because your mind thinks one thing is practical while your heart wants something else. Pay attention to what you hope will happen listen to your hopes because they often give you deeper insight into the decisions you actually want to make.

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  11. I think point: 2, 3 and 5 are important in making decisions. No doubt, being decisive is not easy but still considering these points will assist us in taking wise decisions.

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    1. Dear Madam, you’re right about No: 5, In fact at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) the 1st thing that all cadets are taught is “Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.” Therefore, as someone in a leadership position you should know that over a period of time successful people don’t always make the right decisions, but they DEVELOP THE KNOW OF HOW TO MAKE THEIR DECISIONS TAKEN RIGHT.

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    2. According to me point 1, 2 and 4 are important. We should limit our options. When there are many options then we should distract from that. We will not choose one option. We should know the difference between good and bad choices. We Should choose according to that.
      Time is so precious for everyone. So we should know the importance of time. Time is never come again. We should do our work on time.
      Regards
      Avinash Bharti

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  12. According to me point no: 2 & 4 is important for good decision making because we all Human Beings take Money very important and same if we think about Time also its good for our decisions capability. As well as we have to make a hard line between Good and Bad choices to become a good Decision Maker for ourself as well as for the society.

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  13. Time is very precious. We actually understand the value of it, when we loose it or waste it. There should be hard-line between Good and bad choices. We should decide on what is right and utilize
    time accordingly. GOOP is very important for a successful living.
    We should inculcate the habits in our students. Students need to understand quality and productivity.

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  14. In order to live the best life possible, the good life, you want to be on the right side of the thin lines. Interestingly, the side of the thin line you stand on is more or less determined by how well you can handle your emotions and how much you think before you act.

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  15. According to me option no. 1 Limit your options is the best option. Because if u are having too many options; it will distract you and you will be far away from your choice, so minimize your options and just have straight way focus on your decision.
    Knowing about Goop system is very knowledgeable for me.
    Regards

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    1. Quite right No:1, Madam. In a widely published discoveries made by psychologist Sheena Iyengar from Columbia University, New York, who studies the paradox of choice – the idea that while we think more choice is best, often less is more.The problem is that greater choice usually comes at a price. It makes greater demands on your information-processing skills, and the process can be confusing, time-consuming and at worst can lead to paralysis

      She observed , People get more pleasure from choosing a Mithai from a selection of five than when they pick the same sweet from a selection of 30.

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  16. According to me option no 1 and 2 .. if we have limited choices we can make good decision.Also we should always create a line between our bad and good choices because that only leads us to have better decision.This can make us better decision maker.
    Knowing about GOOP is really knowledgble. Thanku sir for sharing.

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    1. Dear Madam, GOOP is indeed helpful. William Goldman, famous Screen writer explains , “of course, we make small decisions all the time, simple choices that inform our everyday experience: what to eat, what to wear, whether or not to work out, what TV show to watch, etc. These decisions are easy because the stakes are low. They have predictable outcomes and give us a certain sense of control. By taking these decisions promptly, we develop a habit of easily taking other crucial decisions promptly.” says Goldman.

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  17. As my opinion point 1,4and 6 is more important.first of all by analysing pros and cons of each decision limit ur decision. Choose from them by taking result of past decision into consideration. Afterwards implement ur decision by taking time as important factor.

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  18. It is true that decesivness increase with every decision. Embrace the notion that, no matter what, you’ll never be able to gather all the information relevant to a decision. That’s because there’s virtually an infinite amount of information relating to any choice you’re making. With every choice you make, you’re working with incomplete data, and there’s not a thing you can do about that. Accepting this truth can make it easier to move forward with a particularly difficult decision.

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  19. Acc. to me point no. 1 i.e. limit your options is most important as if we will not limit our options then we will be distracted and can move far away from our choices n it would result in increase in delays. So we should focus onto our decision.

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  20. According to me all mentioned points to be taken into consideration, no one mentioned about gut feeling & indecisive decision can kill ,as we are human beings we do have our sixth sense also,so we can’t ignore this point also and decision do affects others,making decisions does not have to be an overwhelming process. The most important thing to remember when faced with an important decision is to determine what type of impact the decision will have on the people involved. Many bad decisions can be remedied, however, the more people the decision impacts, the more difficult it will be to remedy the situation. When making a decision, determine how your choice will impact your life and as well as the lives of others, and respond accordingly.

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  21. Making decisions can be quite challenging. When we are trying to decide what to eat for dinner, or if we should get married it helps when our thoughts are clear. Yet, such clarity is often elusive. Either we settle for whatever first comes to mind or we hastily choose an option because we are running out of time. In the case of dinner we may rely on our usual go-tos: pizza, tacos or whatever meets our eyes at the local supermarket. And in the relationship scenario depending on what we choose, we may either be knee deep in diapers, debt, and drool, or left feeling destitute, disillusioned and down in the dumps. Often, we try to cope with such decisions by rationalizing them and trying to see the good in our choices.

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  22. In my opinion point 1 and 4 holds great importance than other options . One should limit choices and think that time is money . It will help you to be efficient.(more work in the same amount of time)
    And working on correct choices is also important.

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  23. Ironically, too many choices can sometimes lead to us making no choice. Limiting choice can improve our chances of actually making a decision and then staying committed to that decision. …
    many options can lead to analysis paralysis, where no choice is made, or decision fatigue, where the process of evaluating options drains your decision-making reserves and causes you to make a poor choice. So My stress is on point no 1 that is limit your options

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  24. I will go with point no.1,2 & 4.When we limit our options & draw a line between good & bad choices it will help us to become a good decision maker & also prevent us from distraction. Each & every moment of life is very important. Once it gone it never comes back.When we will consider our time as precious as money then we will know the true value of it.

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  25. According to me point 1, 2 and 4 are important. We should limit our options. When there are many options then we should distract from that. We will not choose one option. We should know the difference between good and bad choices. We Should choose according to that.
    Time is so precious for everyone. So we should know the importance of time. Time is never come again. We should do our work on time.
    Regards
    Avinash Bharti

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  26. According to me, the point number 2 and 5 are essential for decision making. We must know good and bad choices. Sometimes we take decision without knowing it is good or bad that results later we apologize for our decisions… So we must know it is good or bad in long term. Point no 5 decisiveness grow with each decision is also important… When we take so many decisions in our life…. It will grow decisiveness…. With the experience we know which one is good for us…. Or not. One point is also in my mind most of times takes decisions from your heart. Because that decision is always true. Just an example when we had confusion about our decisions ..toss a coin…when you tossing… One think that is head will come out please…… It means that voice is of your heart……. Go with head……. Whether it comes or not….. That decision is always true.

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  27. I would prefer to draw a hard line between good and bad choices… Whichever choice would provide me with some knowledge, make me rejuvenated and will have a positive impact on me, I would go for that…I feel time is quite precious, we should use it in a productive manner, rather than wasting it in useless things… 😌

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  28. According to me point no. 2,4 and 5 are most important because decision making helps the organisation to face and tackle new problems and challenges. Quick and correct decisions help to solve problems and to accept new challenges. Good leaders interact with the organization at all levels and with cross-functional teams. Many times during these interactions, opportunities to take action on smaller issues will present themselves. These small opportunities are issues, changes, or decisions that can be addressed by a few of those directly involved without much involvement from the leader.

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  29. We make countless decisions every day at work. Most decisions aren’t easy since they often require input from multiple stakeholders.
    In my opinion point no.1,4 are very important. In a limited option scenario, you must pick from a fixed set of options.“Time is money” is a much easier way to explain this concept.It means time is a valuable resource (because our time in this world is finite), so it’s better to do things as quickly as possible.

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  30. Take an hour to exercise to remove your mind from the situation. It’s important to activate the “diffuse” mode of your brain to allow yourself to effectively absorb and take a deeper look at the situation at hand. I find that when I exercise, I’m able to analyze decisions or difficult situations from a different angle and determine the best solution.

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  31. Make a decision based on whatever you have available, whether that’s others’ input or data in your work environment. Write down why you made that decision. Wait 24 hours, and then in a different environment (grocery store, gym, etc.) ask the same question and make a decision again.

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  32. I feel drawing a hard line between good and bad choices makes us take decisions faster. Immediately leaving a bad choice and working upon good one saves time also.Time leads to make money, so it is linked with thinking time as money.

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  33. According to me point 2,4 are important. As per me we should know the difference between good and bad choices. We Should choose according to that.As well as we have to make a hard line between Good and Bad choices to become a good Decision Maker for ourself as well as for the society.

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  34. First of all, I will limit my options by drawing a line between good and bad because more options make us confuse and plays an important roll in delaying our decision. The next point to keep in mind is to think time as money.

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  35. I think ,to become a good decision maker ,you should be capable to distinguish between good or bad choices.A wrong decision can ruin your career,your life.A good decision can make your life successful.So draw a hard line between good or bad choice.A good decision maker is the one who can take a good decision even in a bad situation.Decision making is the process to check your capability to deal with any situation.

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  36. I think ,to become a good decision maker ,you should be capable to distinguish between good or bad choices.A wrong decision can ruin your career,your life.A good decision can make your life successful.So draw a hard line between good or bad choice.A good decision maker is the one who can take a good decision even in a bad situation.Decision making is the process to check your capability to deal with any situation.

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  37. As mentioned above for being decisive the most appropriate decision would be as described in first and third points. Cutting down to the options and going for the gut feelings would definitely help to decide appropriately with more efficiency and clearity.

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  38. Greetings for the day! It’s been very well said by someone that Time has got wings, how it flies so quickly that we may sometimes wonder, and equally true that time is money because a stitch in time saves nine. I would prefer to limit the options and to avoid dilly-dallying the things. I believe in NOW and, so, I prefer to accomplish my tasks well on time because there’s no fun crying over split milk. There is never a right time to do the things rather we have to make it right to do the things.

    Ritika Rana

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  39. Decision making is an important skill . According to me point no. 1,2 and 4 are important. First of all we should think are time as money if we pace in this way then there will be less possibility of wasting our time in making decisions then we need to be very precise while making our choices. We should know the consequences of our choice we are making and we should also limit are options as more options always distract us. So be straightforward while making your decisions.

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  40. Life poses various challenges to you from different aspects. The moment, you feel confident about your assignments, it gives you a jerk. We feel certain about our ventures but unfortunately it dips down however we chalk out our best plans for it. We give our 100% commitment with complete zeal but still the things do not happen the way we expect. Then dejection takes place. At the same time we become tougher than before to handle such untold circumstances.

    Nevertheless, we can figure out the things in a better ways to execute the motives. To take decisions faster point no 3 is the most appropriate to me. Since one should not lose the gut feeling ever .Listen to your conscienceless before getting influence from the world around. Listen to it honestly. Do justice to your inner soul otherwise you will not at rest anywhere. So that’s the most important to me, I will be seeking it the most profound amongst the all mentioned above.

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  41. Point no. 2 is mach valid to me. One feels difficult to draw a hard line between making good and bad choice. So an individual should take the decisions very wisely to come out with any solution.

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  42. I personally believe that our sense of decisiveness enhances with ever decision we take in life . And it is one of the prominent characteristic one can acquire in life.So we my heart goes with point no. 5.

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  43. Life poses various challenges to you from different aspects. The moment, you feel confident about your assignments, it gives you a jerk. We feel certain about our ventures but unfortunately it dips down however we chalk out our best plans for it. We give our 100% commitment with complete zeal but still the things do not happen the way we expect. Then dejection takes place. At the same time we become tougher than before to handle such untold circumstances.

    Nevertheless, we can figure out the things in a better ways to execute the motives. To take decisions faster point no 3 is the most appropriate to me. Since one should not lose the gut feeling ever .Listen to your consciousness before getting influence from the world around. Listen to it honestly. Do justice to your inner soul otherwise you will not at rest anywhere. So that’s the most important to me, I will be seeking it the most profound amongst the all mentioned above.

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    1. Dear Madam, I quite agree, our gut feel is like an intuition, an almost automatic, effortless feeling that quickly motivates us to act.

      As an entrepreneur, I rely on my gut instincts all the time in my work with my Team , as well as for problem solving. Part of my job is to bring order and structure to the thoughts and behaviors of others. I also tap into my intuition, which helps me get to the source of where lays the challenge.

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  44. Limit your options is the best option. Because if u are having too many options; it will distract you and you will be far away from your choice, so minimize your options and just have straight way focus on your decision.

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  45. According to me point no. 1,2 and 4 are important because decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions.

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  46. We make decisions all day, every day, on things like what to wear and where to go to lunch. Which sound simple enough, right? Except that those small decisions can start to pile up and too many can stress us out—and then we can’t make the decisions that actually matter. So we either put it off, or we do it, distracted, and regret it later. Neither is ideal.

    In a startup especially, it is vital that every big decision you make is within the scope of your mission. You don’t have the mental or physical resources to spread your net too wide and still succeed. So always ask yourself which option best moves you toward your mission’s goal, and then the choice should be simple.

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