There Is Always a Price for Being Indecisive

“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.”

~Anthony Robbin~ 
Indecisiveness, undoubtedly, hinders us from achieving what we want in our lives. Sometimes we could not even decide where we want to have our lunch, let alone bigger decisions involving longer time, bigger effort and more money.
There are many reasons why some of us are having a hard time making a decision; we are afraid to be wrong, do not want to look stupid, do not want to take the risks, and the list goes on. Because of this, we turn to other people to make the decisions for us. It seems so much easier. When something do go wrong, we blame it on the person who made the decision and free ourselves from being accountable. That is just plain wrong!

To be a leader or at least to be successful in our own way, we have to be skilled in decision making and be confident with the decisions. Any decisions we make, at any point of time, are always the best decisions we could make given the time and resources available. If we are being indecisive at critical times after logically thinking through the possible options, we are on our way to achieve bigger success. We need to understand that every decision come with a risk. If we avoid it, we will not be able to go anywhere.

Decision making is not as difficult as you think. We can make decisions at the spur of a moment or we can choose to weigh all the factors involved. If we have the luxury of time to think it through, we can ask ourselves the following questions:

  1. What are the objectives of making this decision?
  2. What is the information we need? Is the information available?
  3. What are the other possible choices we have?
  4. What are the consequences (negative and positive) of each choice?
  5. Who else are involved? Will there be any impact on them?
  6. Which is the best option? Second best?

Most people think that when a decision is made, actions are involved. Not necessarily so. If we decide to stay status quo and not do anything, that’s still a decision. If the decisions we make do not have any impact on others, we can choose to not communicate it to them. More often than not, we do need to communicate our decisions to others especially business decisions, management decisions, or operational decisions.

It can be frustrating to let an issue lingers on without deciding on what to do with it. It is even more frustrating if the works of others are stalled because of our inability to make a decision.

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