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7 tips to make decisions

Decision Making

Making decisions can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some quick tips to help you make decisions more easily.

  1. Break the BIG decision down to each LITTLE individual decision. Sometimes we stake decisions without knowing it, one on top of the other, until we have an overwhelming decision knot in which whatever move we make impacts about a million other things. There ends up being a lot of mini decisions wrapped up in the larger one. This won’t help you decide. So instead, cut the knot by slicing it into the smallest decisions, and start with whichever comes first.
  2. Give yourself a time limit. If you are someone who tends to go back and forth weighing pros and cons and researching nonstop to make a decision, it can sometimes mean that you never actually get to making the decision in the first place. So give yourself a deadline, and stick to it.
  3. Realize that not making a decision is a decision in itself. If you procrastinate from making a decision, all you’ve done is make the decision to do nothing. Which puts you farther behind than if you had decided something and not liked the result in the first place.
  4. Remind yourself that there is no wrong decision. Because there is no absolute right or wrong – whatever you do becomes right because it is what you decided. So realize this, take a deep breath, and decide.
  5. Do the gut check. As humans, we tend to make decisions based on emotion, and the use logic to justify it. So ask yourself, do you already know what you want to do, but you’re just looking for evidence to support it?
  6. Know that sometimes you know what you want to do – you are just scared. This tells you that making a decision is not the problem, it’s executing on it that’s causing the delay.  Know that life includes feeling uncomfortable, and sometimes that discomfort occurs when we are executing on our decisions. If this is the case for you, then realize that it’s time to lean into that discomfort, because you already know what you want to do.
  7. Realize that even if you make a decision and it doesn’t turn out how you want – it’s progress. Because now you know one more way not to do it. Which means you are that much closer to knowing what to do to accomplish what you’re after.