Color recognition, black-and-white decision-making, gray-scale execution

Three principles for doing things right

Color recognition, black-and-white decision-making, gray-scale execution

Three principles for doing things right

The principle of doing things right

Often readers on other platforms who are not accustomed to my writing style comment on my articles like this: Isn’t it something that can be said clearly in two sentences and is so complicated?

And tell me: Dadao Zhijian, blogger, can you tell us in the simplest words?

But sometimes, they think what I said is too simple. For example, some people say: I have said a lot of truth, how can I do it? 1, 2, 3, 4, can’t you just tell me?

Others said: What is the use of thinking so much? The right choice is right, and the wrong choice is wrong. Choice is more important than effort.

In fact, everyone has this tendency: If you can understand some complicated things quickly and simply, that would be great! It would be great if you can start again if you choose the wrong one! It would be great if someone told me directly what to do!

I have had and tried these ideas before, but now I finally understand that it is impossible.

Trying to do things right is the result of a series of comprehensive activities including the three stages of “cognition, decision-making and execution”. The requirements of these three types of activities are opposite. I summarized them as “color cognition, black-and-white decision-making, Grayscale execution”, and the above requirements are just the opposite. This is the fundamental reason for the inability to make progress.

This article will talk about the principle of “color cognition, black-and-white decision-making, and gray-scale execution” to get things right.

However, this article is still on a cognitive level. I hope that it will be simple, and hope that I will tell you how to do it directly. You can close the article and unfollow it.

Color cognition

What is “color cognition”?

The words that most people use to describe colors are red, green, blue, yellow…, in more detail, they are nothing more than bright red, lake blue, tender yellow, grass green, dark gray… and so on.

But in the eyes of designers, colors are not so simple, but have many levels, which can express different emotions and reflect different functions. From a scientific point of view, colors can be described at least from three levels:

The first level is saturation, that is, the bright colors and gray-gray colors. Each color can be described by a saturation index;

The second dimension is lightness, which is the kind of bright colors and very dark colors. Brightness and saturation are not the same. There are some highly saturated and pure colors that are actually very dark, such as red and purple.

The third dimension is hue. All colors can be seen as three primary colors mixed in different proportions. Hue describes which primary color the color is more biased towards.

There are more than three dimensions of color, but these three dimensions are enough to describe the colors that the human eye can distinguish. Designers have more cognition of color than ordinary people, so they can use color to express a variety of rich emotions and achieve a variety of communication effects.

The so-called “color cognition” means that when we understand something, we must understand it from multiple dimensions. The more dimensions, the deeper your understanding will be, and the more calm you can make and execute later.

When it comes to cognition, the most common mistake we make is “black and white cognition”, which is either right or wrong, good or bad, and the most common method is “labeling.”

There is also a more common cognitive tendency is “gray cognition”, which is better than black and white cognition, not absolutely good or bad, but a little bit good or a little bad, but it has only one cognitive dimension, still not A comprehensive cognitive attitude.

For example, my article last week ” Why should we work?” “Many people find this kind of philosophical thinking very boring. The labor laws are well written, legal and illegal, and they are all implemented in accordance with this. What is there to discuss?

This is not the case. If you can understand “work” from more angles, including but not limited to the following, your lifestyle will be more calm and confident:

How to define the connotation and extension of work?

The relationship between happiness and pain at work?

The conflict and connection between the meaning of work and the meaning of life?

What is the difference between “labor” in legal provisions and “labor” in ideology?

Do you think the purpose of the job is really your purpose?

The “black and white cognition” in investment is even more:

This company sells OEM and has no value

Semiconductors are now strongly supported by the state, and they will definitely rise

Fund managers know Baotuan

Real estate stocks and insurance stocks are cheaper, where can they fall?

From the perspective of investment entities, there are multi-level entities such as retail investors, institutions, hot money, and foreign capital in the market. Each person has different behavior patterns, different assessment methods, different profit goals, and different organizational structures. Naturally, each has its own choices;

From the perspective of listed companies, private and state-owned enterprise holdings, leading enterprises and waist enterprises, enterprises with expansion strategies and enterprises with shrinking strategies, enterprises in the up-cycle and down-cycle of the industry, companies that win in management and companies that win in R&D, supply output The enterprises in the pre-Qing Dynasty and the oligarchs, the fast-changing enterprises and the stable-developing enterprises all have different analysis angles.

The two constitute a complex market. Any investment opportunity corresponds to a cognition, and any cognition has its applicable conditions. Therefore, investment is the realization of cognition. The richer the cognition, the easier it is to grasp investment opportunities.

The relationship between cognition and subsequent decision-making and execution is like writing. You prepare hundreds of thousands of words of material, and the final article is only a few thousand words.

In fact, “color cognition” is a requirement that everyone agrees with, but many people can’t do it, and they are more affected by “dry goods thinking”. They feel that the understanding is so deep and it is too “waste”. It is better to just order “dry goods”. “.

However, the premise of “Broad to Simple” is “Knowing to Complex”.

Black and white decision

“Black-and-white decision-making” is completely opposite to “color cognition”, which means that your decision is a judgment, whether to do it or not, and which direction to do it, the simpler and clearer the better.

No matter how rich your knowledge of an event is, it will ultimately be implemented in a decision, not the knowledge of castles in the air. The simplicity and clarity here refer to a direction rather than a specific approach. The latter belongs to the implementation level.

To make a plan, choose the A direction or the B direction? When it comes to career choice, do you want to quit or not? In terms of personal career development, is it transitioning to management or upgrading to technology?

Investment remains the same. No matter how complicated your research on a company is, it is ultimately the choice of “buy or not buy”.

When it comes to decision-making issues, the most common mistake that ordinary people make is “gray-scale decision-making”, which is characterized by hesitation and constant interruption. At the last moment, we can only choose one randomly, which is what we usually say, repeated entanglements, hasty decisions, and quickness. regret.

There are two reasons for the “gray-scale decision-making”:

The first category stems from grayscale cognition or black and white cognition. Many people feel that their personality is relatively indecisive, not confident enough, and always want to change their personality, but in fact, I think the bigger problem is your cognition. You know that your cognition level is not deep enough, so when you make a decision There is no confidence.

Therefore, gray cognition and black-and-white cognition will inevitably lead to gray decision-making. When your cognition is deep enough, you will become more confident.

Of course, there are some people whose cognition is “black-and-white cognition” and their decision-making is also “black-and-white decision-making”, commonly known as “blind people riding blind horses.”

Another type of “gray-scale decision-making” also originated from “color cognition”, but their cognitive system is entirely out of curiosity and lacks the important dimension of “goal orientation”.

In this case, it is just that the decision-making experience is not enough. For example, the grass-roots employees are often purely curious when they understand business knowledge. They have not thought about why I want to know, and naturally they cannot support their business decisions. But this is not a problem. Decision-making is a trainable ability. Once you realize your shortcomings, you will naturally and consciously increase the dimension of “goal orientation” in your cognition next time.

Summarized in one sentence: Complex cognition may not necessarily lead to clear decisions, but clear decisions must come from complex cognitions.

Grayscale execution

Finally, let’s talk about “Grayscale Execution”.

Gray is based on the color between black and white, dark gray is 70% black, and light gray is 30% black. Black and white decision-making sets a general direction. “Gray execution” means that in actual execution, various situations at the time need to be considered. In the general direction set by this decision, there is a certain degree of flexible execution space.

Unless it is the environment of the military, there is no room for flexibility for the understanding of higher-level orders, and there is no room for flexibility. However, general business decisions and decisions in life should themselves leave a certain degree of flexibility for execution.

For example, I decide to invest in a certain company’s stock. This is a decision, but how much I buy depends on the price that appears, and when I buy it depends on when the price appears, and it is also subject to the constraints of my new research target later.

The extremes of the two errors that are easy to make in execution are “black and white execution” and “color execution”.

Black-and-white execution is very common in the workplace. I will do whatever the leader asks to do. I know it’s wrong. Anyway, the leader asked me to do it. Therefore, the “black and white execution” at work is essentially due to insufficient management authorization, lack of enthusiasm among employees, or too strong management and subordinates dare not make decisions.

However, if the cognition is deep enough, “black and white execution” will not be too problematic, but the problem of “color execution” is too big, which means that your previous cognition, your decision, even if it is correct , It will also be out of shape in the final execution.

People who like “color execution” tend to be more unconstrained in character and are more likely to be disturbed by emotions.

In terms of investment and financial management, “color execution” is a mistake that almost all novices make. Obviously, they have planned a plan in advance, and when the market is soaring and falling, they begin to doubt themselves, and abandon the implementation of the original plan because of fear or greed.

In work, “color execution” can easily make you fall into a certain detail and deviate from the overall direction. For example, in cooperation, many people abandon the previous overall cooperation framework due to some reasons on the other’s personality.

The relationship between the three

To sum up, “color cognition, black-and-white decision-making, gray-scale execution” refers to the general process of doing things right. Before making a decision, we must collect more information, study more, discuss with others more, and don’t draw conclusions easily. ; when decisions must be the fruit off, not fuzzy, but left to perform certain flexibility in space; when executed neither too rigid nor too casual.

In the relationship between the three, cognition is the level of “potency”, decision-making is the level of “dao”, and “execution” is the level of technique.

The core is “color cognition”. As long as the cognition is deep enough, the latter two are natural results; and decision-making is a trainable ability that can form a set of methodology that suits you in practice.

In fact, “color execution” itself is not a bad thing. The previous article involved in decision-making based on rational and empirical systems, but if it is artistic creation or research innovation, the execution link often appears to overthrow all previous ideas. In the recurring situation, for example, when I write articles on the official account, I often write that I suddenly got inspiration and gradually deviated from the previous direction-this is the characteristic of innovative work.

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