Decision making might just be the toughest task one has to do especially if you’re constantly expected to make decisions that affect a lot of things. Little wonder why a lot of people would rather be the ones making sure the decisions made are carried out rather than be the ones to make the decisions. It’s a huge cross sometimes, depending on the kind of decision to be taken. Nobody makes the best decisions overall. But action works in your favour, while inaction never does. When you delay making a decision because you’re afraid of messing up, nothing changes. However, there are certain tips that can aid our decision making process. They include;
Get Clear on What You Really Want
Know yourself and make decisions according to the kind of person you are. You might have to choose between following your talent or a career path, your individuality plays a huge role here. So, when you find yourself stuck between possibilities, think about what you really want. For example, if you’re unsure about a career change, ask yourself what it is that appeals to you about your current position and the one you’re debating. If your answer is that your current work appeals to you, but the salary of the new field sounds awesome—your answer isn’t necessarily to choose between the two, but to ask your manager for a raise.
Don’t Choose Something Just because you’re “Supposed To”
Once you identify what you really want, you’ll need to quiet the voices in your head—or of sceptical people in your life—that tell you that you should want something else. If you’re feeling pressured into making the decision that looks good, step back and examine your reasoning. If you can’t come up with a good answer, you know it’s not for you. You’ll be one to benefit directly from your decisions so listen to what others say but think deeply before making a decision based on any suggestions.
Practice Being Decisive
If you’re chronically indecisive, build that decision-making muscle by starting small. Give yourself 30 seconds to decide what you’ll have for dinner, what movie to watch, or whether you want to go out tonight. Follow through on that decision. Repeat. Then work up to bigger things. Does this give you anxiety? Ask yourself what the worst-case scenario is if you pick wrong. In other words, if you choose a movie that isn’t great, you can turn it off or choose a different movie the next time. Practice making decisions with the smallest decisions like what to wear, eat or where to go and it’ll make it easy for you to make bigger decisions as time goes on.