For most of us, acting on a choice can be one of the scariest things to do. Especially in today’s workplace, where the stakes are high and information seems endless. The majority of people are, to some extent, struggling with how to adequately make decisions.
If you’ve ever identified as “indecisive” or found yourself getting stuck in “analysis paralysis,” you are not alone. In fact, neuro-economists have revealed that indecision is correlated with an identifiable location in the brain. Although, there are habits you can build in your daily life to become more decisive and make the right decision.
When faced with making a decision, the most important factor is your ability to trust yourself. So, how do you build that confidence to rely on your own voice with clarity, avoid overthinking, and step forward with a bold decision?
There are 3 keys to keep in mind when faced with a decision:
- Acknowledge that making NO decision IS a decision.
In almost every case, acting on a choice is better than doing nothing at all. Taking action, of any kind, moves you forward. In many instances, especially when it comes to finding a career path that is right for you, a period of trial and error is required. And even if you fail, or find the path you thought you wanted wasn’t actually the dream, you’ll have ruled out what doesn’t work—and that is hugely valuable. Most leaders agree, having the confidence to make decisions—and act on them—is essential for success.
- Accept that the future is unknown.
While you accept that the future is unknown, you can point yourself in the direction you want to pursue. This comes down to getting clear on your direction, and then the right decisions begin to fall into place. With clarity in direction, you begin to simply compare the possibilities to the direction you want to pursue and pick the one that is most aligned.
Understand the direction you are heading, even if the sky is cloudy. You may have to turn down another path or take a “You Turn,” but remember, you are at least moving.
- Pursue growth, not perfection.
A great decision-maker isn’t hard on themselves when things don’t work out perfectly. We so often get wrapped up in pursuing this idea of perfection, we land ourselves back in that paralysis. The truth is, unless you become willing to let the small things fall to the wayside, there will always be someone less qualified, less informed, and less talented than you who succeeds simply because they were willing to do things you weren’t. Don’t let this become your future.
It’s key to note that, you don’t have to feel 100% confident that your decision will work out. As much as you may wish to be, you’re not a fortune teller, and the pressure you could be putting on yourself to be one isn’t helping you make more informed decisions. Instead, trust in your competence to bounce back from your mistakes and know that your decisions are coming from a lifetime of experience and wisdom.
“It’s not about making the right choice.
It’s about making a choice and making it right.”
― J.R. Rim
– Farhana Yasmin/Intern-YSSE