How To Overcome Indecisiveness
When you are stuck in a situation or facing a problem or an emergency, all eyes are set on you as a decision-maker. You need to make a quick, sound decision that solves the problem with no to minimal damage.
But can one decide immense pressure and responsibility, especially when all paths seem equally viable for your business or your team’s well-being?
As a founder, manager, or team leader, such situations must be familiar to you. Although these situations are common, they are no less than a crippling experience in an entrepreneur or leader’s career path.
What do you do in such a critical situation? As a decision-maker, when you reach a crossroad, which path do you choose? Well, knowing some methods that will ease your indecisiveness can certainly help.
Here are some of the best methods you can try when you feel indecisive again.
- Acknowledge the outcome of indecision
The best way to get past the moment of indecision is to think about what will happen if you don’t decide on the deadline.
Acknowledging the outcome of your indecisiveness and how it will affect your business will surely help you understand the cruciality of your decision.
And if this outcome would do severe damage to your business or is unacceptable in any case, this will naturally push you to make the right decision before you hit the deadline.
- Set deadlines
Talking about deadlines, setting deadlines for every small yet important task is among the savior life skills. Doing so would not only help you with your indecision but also with procrastination.
Now, what you should include in your deadline is a matter of personal opinion. Depending on the severity of the outcome as well as things you may need to make a business decision, you can set realistic deadlines for yourself. For instance, if you need input from your sales, research, or HR team to make a decision, include that time into your deadline as well.
This will help you set realistic deadlines and control the outcome of your decision for your business.
- Ask for advice
We can not handle everything by ourselves. Whether it’s our personal or professional life, we all come to the point when we can’t decide some things on our own.
In such a case, asking for advice from your trusted friend, partner, or peer can surely help you move past the moment of indecision.
Whenever your decision directly affects your team, it’s good to conduct a survey and ask your team for their input in the said matter.
- Exercise diffusion
Have you ever been overwhelmed after thinking too much about the situation at hand? Has it ever happened to you that at one point, your brain just stops giving you ideas, or you just can’t seem to find a solution by thinking from the same perspective anymore? Well, that’s your cue to activate diffusion.
Meaning, you have to detach yourself from the problem and think about the situation from a different perspective or a different angle. Doing so would help you consider facts and connect dots you have been missing out on.
- Limit the decision-making for the day
Have you ever experienced a “decision fatigue,” that moment when you can’t seem to take any more decisions for the day? All you want to do is get out of your professional setting and chill out with your friends or spend some alone time.
Well, if you have ever experienced decision fatigue, you are not alone. Our brain can only take a certain amount of decisions in a day. So, you can manage and save your decision-making power for critical decisions by eliminating no-critical decisions from your to-do list for the day.
You can schedule such situations for the latter that don’t require your immediate attention or, if possible, delegate it to your colleague or capable team member.
No matter which method you choose as long as it helps you decide well on time. However, once you make a business decision conveying your further plans to your team clearly and concisely is equally important. Especially when the decision is tough for your team or business, your interpersonal skills will help you convey in a polite yet confident manner.
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