There’s a problem with how we’ve been taught to make decisions. That problem is causing people to drown in stress and not take action on their dreams. Have you ever felt that way when faced with a decision?
The main problem is the number of choices we have. We either have too many options, or we have too few. Let me explain.
When you walk into any retail establishment, you are presented with more options than you could ever need.
Do you need a new shirt? Well, you will find a section of t-shirts, a section of polo shirts, a section of button up shirts, a section of shirts on clearance, and on and on. Not only that, there are numerous sizes, colors, and designs to choose from.
With so many options, how do you choose?
The reverse can happen as well. For example, we may hate our current job and think that our only options are to just push through or get another one. In this case, we have limited ourselves to an either/or situation…it’s either A or B.
If you are like me, both situations leave me completely confused and unable to make a decision easily.
So, let’s consider these strategies to conquer that confusion and make a better decision.
Strategy #1: Consider the level of outcome.
In the grand scheme of life, choosing the “right” shirt is not a do or die choice.
So, the first step would be to rate the type of decision you have to make.
I like to use the 10-10-10 rule. Ask yourself how you will feel 10 minutes after making that decision, 10 days after, and 10 years after.
If you see no negative or unwanted outcomes in 10 years, just choose! And if you won’t even remember having to make the decision a year or two from now, you need to just pick.
Strategy #2: Consider your number of options.
I mentioned earlier that we usually are presented with too many or too few options. When my wife and I were getting married, I wanted to buy her a nice camera as a wedding gift.
So, I did what most people would and began to look for cameras online, and I was overwhelmed at the number of choices!
For weeks I went back and forth on the prices, the styles, the appearance, etc. It wasn’t until my good friend told me the following that I was able to finally decide.
He told me, “There may always be better options or sales around, but you are just looking for a good deal not the best.”
This mentality completely freed me to not only purchase a great camera for my wife, but also to make later decisions much faster and with peace.
Strategy #3: Consider wisdom from others close to you.
You may be thinking that your current situation is much more advanced than just deciding what kind of camera to buy for your spouse, and I completely understand that difference.
In 2015 I lost my job and was abruptly faced with a major decision in how to replace my income. Thankfully, my wife was still employed, but we needed my income, too.
Part of my strategy in finding my next career was to ask for the advice of those closest to me. I was fortunate enough to receive timely wisdom and encouragement from my spouse and others to quickly replace my income 3 months later.
If you do not have positive influences in your life, consider hiring a coach who excels in your specific need. They will be able to give you great advice on your next steps to take.
If you have determined the level of decision, the possible outcomes, and received sage advice, your next step is to take immediate action.
Too often, we struggle with the most important step in this process. Having all the best information will do us absolutely nothing if we don’t act on it.
Intentions are great, but in the end they get us absolutely nowhere. Just think, what opportunities could you be missing simply because you have not decided and taken action?
Don’t let indecision and confusion be a barrier to making great decisions in your life.
Each of you has the power to put yourself back in the driver’s seat of your life by making daily decisions that lead to your desired future.
I hope these strategies help you to make better decisions this week and throughout the rest of your life.