In a Harvard Business Review article, Mike Erwin identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. The fifth reason is emotions.
As a young trainee in banking, I was presenting loan requests to the bank’s CEO. When I realized that he was in a foul mood, I moved my toughest loan request from the top of my stack to the bottom.
He noticed and asked why. When I fearfully told this CEO why I rearranged them, he changed the subject and told a joke.
Then he said, “Now show me the bottom loan.”
Proverbs 16:32 teaches, “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”
When emotions are getting the better of you, practice and exercise self-control before making a major decision.