How to use SQUID to improve our decisions

SQUID consists of five steps: Stop, Question, Understand, Imagine, and Decide.

1. Stop when something feels wrong. The most important step is being able to interrupt our autopilot when we see a conflict.

2. Question. Starting with our internal dialogs, ask evaluative questions about what we specifically notice, and ask ourselves about the assumptions we are making. We can ask: “Why do I feel like something is wrong?” or “What’s really going on?”

3. Seek to better Understand the situation. By taking even a few moments to look beyond our initial impressions at the bigger picture, we can make wiser choices about what we do next. Try to look for more than one perspective about what is going on and why.

4. Imagine your choices. As we try to improve on our understanding, we can start considering our options. One of the reasons we act without thinking is that we aren’t imagining what could happen next.

5. Decide what we want to do next. Even if we decide to follow our instinctive choice, and remain passive, at least we still practiced questioning ourselves wisely before that decision.