We all face a multitude of decisions every day.
- Should I focus on a project or catch up on my Facebook status?
- What should I wear?
- To exercise or not to exercise?
- Should I wake up a bit earlier and read a good book or hit the snooze button for the tenth time?
- Should I change jobs? How about careers?
- How can I best serve my community?
- How do I best equip my kids to face the challenges and opportunities in today’s world?
Lots and lots of decisions. Some big; others puny. Still, the mere volume can feel a bit overwhelming.
If you happen to feel stuck right now on a certain decision, whether big or small, here are a few pointers that might help.
Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself two questions:
- What do you really want to do right now?
- What is the best thing to do right now?
More than likely, not only will you be able to easily answer both questions, but just the act of being honest with yourself will be empowering. Why? Because being truthful is always empowering (remember, “the truth shall set you free”). I often don’t even need to move beyond being truthful with myself; after answering these two questions, I’m ready to make a decision based on what the best thing to do is …whether I feel like it or not.
Keep it simple. Don’t make things overly complicated. For little decisions, run through the possible scenarios and make your best choice immediately. For bigger decision, list out the pros and cons of each decision, get advice from a few trusted advisers, and then decide.
Keep it short. Most decisions, even big ones, should be made quicker rather than slower. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not talking about making rash decisions. However, even big, important decisions can be made within a matter of a couple of weeks once you have gathered enough facts. Spending too much time contemplating a single decision leads to a lot of wasted energy and second guessing.
No decision is a decision. The worst decision is not a “mistake;” the worst decision is no decision. You can correct mistakes, but indecision is paralyzing .