Do you wish you were more confident when it comes to decision-making? Or, do you dither and vacillate about major (or even minor) decisions … ad infinitum? Whether you struggle with this a little or a lot, you’re sure to find some juicy information below to help you make speedy – yet thoughtful – decisions. Stop the stress and take action now!
First, let’s just put it out there. If we fear decision-making (a kissing cousin to procrastination), there’s usually one BIG reason why.
We don’t want to be wrong.
And, if we never make a decision and take a stand, we can’t be accused of being wrong can we? Indecision, therefore, is a pretty spiffy solution.
There are some drawbacks, however. For starters, never really getting anywhere.
Clients often share that they wish to be quick, assured, authoritative, and firm when it comes to decision-making. They want to be confident in their decisions, and, essentially, convince themselves of their “correct-ness.”
That’s putting the caboose before the engine.
Making a decision isn’t about being correct. It’s about getting the lead out and actually taking action. Course correction (making adjustments) is the natural progression after decision-making (but we’ll leave that topic for another time).
Today, it’s all about making that all-important decision. Snapping your fingers and saying, “THIS is what I’m going to do, or what I want,” etc.
If you’re anything like me (and I know so many of you are!), you may tend to over-think things. Okay, let’s get honest. Many of us could list the tendency toward analysis paralysis right along with other chronic illness symptoms such as digestive dysfunction, insomnia, hormone imbalances, and more. We’re good at getting amped up and stressed out over things.
So, to help you get out of your own way, and make faster, and more confident decisions, follow the 3Gs for greater clarity.
1 – Gather Info – by grabbing what you need and moving on. Don’t get sucked in and seduced by more and more info. This can be a tedious step. Make it snappy. Grab what you need, jot down a few notes, and go.
2 – Get Real – about a timeline. When would it be best for you emotionally, financially, and for your relationships to make this decision? Choose a deadline and stick to it. Most of us don’t need MORE TIME to make a decision – we need a DEADLINE to make a decision.
3 – Gut Check – and connect with your inner compass. Most of are so detached from our sense of intuition that we fail to make use of this vital skill. One quick way to tune into your inner guidance is to use this jumpstart decision-making method. Define your options (A or B), tell someone else what your options are, and ask them to flip a coin (i.e. – heads it’s A, and tails it’s B). If you pay attention to the moment the coin toss is called, you’ll notice a gut reaction of either satisfaction or disappointment. Don’t over-analyze. What did you really feel when the decision was made for you? (Of course, this isn’t supposed to be a stellar decision-making strategy, but rather it’s a fast way to check-in with your inner guidance.)
By following these three steps, you’ll be well on your way toward creating a stream-lined decision-making process. But wait … there’s more! Here’s a bonus tip that’s a real kick in the pants:
The more decisions you make –
the easier they become.
You see, success builds upon success 😉
Are you ready to jump into making your next decision? Share your favorite strategies! Are there decisions that you’ve dawdled on for far too long? What decisions do you make quickly and what ones make you feel uncertain?
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