You have a decision to make but you can’t find the right answer in your head.
But you know you need to make a decision fast!
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And now you’re stressing out and your mind is an even bigger mess. At this point, you’re even less confident about making a decision. Have you experienced this before?
Odds are you, like many people, struggle at being a quick or a decisive decision maker.
Making decisions can be hard! Many of us second guess our decisions. Others are bad at making a decision in a time crunch.
According to studies, the average person takes 10 minutes to make an everyday decision. If you’re one of the people who fall behind in that average, there is hope!B
Boosting your confidence as a decision maker is possible. Read on to learn helpful tips for becoming more self-confident and trusting your gut feeling.
1. Don’t fall victim to analysis paralysis
We’ve all been in a situation where we over-analyze something. From deciding the name of your company to determining the best place to start a family, we are faced with dozens of decisions each day.
And while some decisions have more impact than others, it all comes down to not overthinking the decisions you have to make.
Analysis paralysis is real and it can happen to anyone!
Have you ever been so deep in the weeds of making a decision that you mentally cannot decide on anything?
When you’re so lost in the process of making a decision, you often don’t make a decision at all. This, of course, causes even more frustration!
The key is to not overthink and to not over-analyze. Gather important data points for making an informed decision but don’t over do it.
2. Put it on paper
As a decision maker, it’s hard to get lost in your own head.
Have you ever had so many thoughts running around that you become frustrated?
Instead of trying to plot everything in your head, write it on paper! Write down a list of options, pros and cons, and risks associated with the decision.
Once something is on paper, you can think it through a clearly. This also allows you to share your thoughts with others.
A pen and paper can do wonders when it comes to making a decision. On paper, you are able to see your thoughts, organize them, and make a good decision.
3. Trust your gut
We’ve all heard the saying trust your gut. In most situations, trusting your first gut feeling is the best way to go.
When you think about the decision you have to make, what does your gut instinct tell you?
Do you get a good feeling in the bottom of your stomach or not?
While we obviously use our brains to make decisions, sometimes they can get in the way. Overthinking and over-worrying can send our brains into overdrive.
If your stomach is at odds with your mind, go with your gut.
Going with your intuition may seem scary, but the facts are there! Trusting your instincts can guide you to make the right choices.
4. Be confident in yourself
Not believing in who you are can be problematic as a decision maker.
How can you expect yourself to make a good decision if you don’t trust and feel confident about you?
If you find that you are second guessing your decisions because of self-doubt, it’s time to work on boosting your self-confidence. You have to be confident to be a good decision maker.
To boost your self-confidence:
- Always view yourself in a positive light
- Think positively!
- Take care of yourself physically and mentally
- Follow your morals and principles
- Set small achievable goals
Without self-confidence and self-esteem, you will always second guess and over think decisions. Take the time to feel good about yourself and you’ll find that decisions come much easier!
5. Give yourself a set time limit
Some of us prefer to sleep on our decisions. Others of us can’t sleep because we can’t decide on something!
Instead of giving yourself an unlimited amount of time to make a decision, set a limit. It shouldn’t take days or weeks to decision on something.
Give yourself a few hours to:
- analyze and think about the details
- list the pros and cons
- consider risk and impact
You could even consult with someone to help make your decision. Being a good decision maker means making a decision in a timely fashion.
Taking too much time to decide often leads to overthinking.
6. Recognize indecision isn’t all bad
As someone who struggles with decision making, you may think that indecision is the worst.
But, there is an upside to indecision!
Hesitation provides you the time you need to:
- weigh risks
- think about pros and cons
- gather the facts
Making a decision off the top of your head can be just as bad!
If you can’t make a decision quickly, it is helpful that you’re willing to take a step back and think things through.
Otherwise, you risk making a bad decision because you didn’t take the time to analyze! Just remember there is a fine line between analyzing and over-analyzing.
Don’t give up on being a good decision maker
There is always time and room for improvement! Just because you are not the best decision maker now doesn’t mean you can’t better yourself.
One of the biggest factors in decision making is fear.
We are afraid of the unknown and we question ourselves.
What is the decision you make is wrong? What if there is a better decision six months from now?
Understand that it is okay to be afraid to make decisions!
The more important part is that you want to work towards becoming a better decision maker.
By following the tips above, you will strengthen your decision-making skills.
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We can provide you with the tips and tricks you need to becoming more confident and aware of yourself. In time, you’ll be a great decision maker!