A real decision changes life like nothing else.
When you make a decision and truly commit, you can overcome every obstacle. By committing to a decision, you are making a statement. You’re telling the world, “This is how it’s going to be.”
We often get so caught up in the desire to make the right decision that we end up making no decision at all. Learning how to be more decisive, however, takes effort and a level of commitment all its own. How many times have you thought to yourself, “I’ll do this,” only to second-guess your decision, eventually backing away from making a decision at all? After all, if you aren’t 100% certain that this decision is the right one, it can’t actually be right, can it?
Here’s a secret: this kind of thinking is rooted in fear. Any decision, no matter how small, means a change of some sort, which could lead to a significant difference in our lives and the lives of people we care about. This fear of change can consume you and be destructive, paralyzing you right when you need to be most decisive. How can you break this negative pattern? Be open to change instead of fearful of it. Acknowledge that life itself is always changing, and that by making a decision, even when you’re uncertain about it, you are taking control of your own life.
You’re not alone in this fear. No one is completely certain of everything all the time. Those who have learned how to be decisive are just as uncertain or nervous as you; they’re just willing to make the choice. Maybe the decision they make turns out to be the wrong one. So what? They can learn from a wrong decision, and they usually learn quickly. A poor decision leads to a better one down the road, whereas no decision at all leads to stagnation. Nothing is going to get better. It may not get worse, but you certainly won’t improve matters by sitting where you are and doing nothing. Over time, failing to make a choice becomes a choice in itself.
Successful people in every field have to be decisive every day. They have the same obstacles to being decisive as you do. However, they’ve learned to avoid the pursuit of perfection – sometimes, “good is enough” is perfect. Perfect is just another way that fear controls your choices. Instead of focusing on perfection, ask yourself how this decision relates to the big vision you have for yourself. Try giving yourself a time limit when you’re making a big decision. Often, our early impulses are our best ones, and we often know what we want to do after just five to 10 minutes. However, if a decision truly does feel big, don’t get stuck. Be decisive by breaking that decision down into smaller decisions. This, again, shortcuts your impulse to give in to fear.
The only way to know you’re making steady progress toward the life you want is to harness the power of decision. It’s a muscle like any other, and sitting around without putting it to work will not help it – or you – improve at all. But when you commit to strengthening this muscle, you commit to learning how to be more decisive. Soon enough, the choices that previously stopped you in your tracks will be easy to make.
True leadership comes from the ability to make decisions even when you aren’t sure if they’re right. If you want to lead – at work, in your life or anywhere – you have to be ready to be decisive even when you have no idea what the right path is.
Now that you have recognized your fear, you’re ready to move forward by setting a bold goal. Think of something you have always wanted to achieve for yourself. Chances are fear was holding you back. Make it your mission to move forward boldly by being decisive and set yourself up for success. Now that you have jumped into action, you will feel empowered to release fear, commit to a decision and set a bold goal.
Perhaps you want to double your sales, but you’ve resisted setting the goal because it felt impossible. Now that you have released fear, you are free to recognize that you just need the right tools for the job. Maybe that means hiring a new marketing director or reexamining your current strategy. Whatever you consider, be decisive. Remember, when you back your new decisions with action, you will unleash alignment. If you can commit and sustain that commitment, you will find it more rewarding and less daunting to be decisive.
Decisiveness is a life-changing trait – and it’s one that you can master. Commit to greater decisiveness and a more fulfilled life by attending Unleash the Power Within.