Are you someone that struggles with indecisiveness? VANRATH has 3 tips that can help you take strategic action to help with decision making.
Whether you’re a Finance Director or an IT graduate, decision making can be challenging when you’re faced with a plethora of choices; from implementing a new process to settling on a particular role, the decision-making process is something we encounter at all stages of our careers and not to mention, in our personal lives too. Big or small, it can be hard to know where to begin when making a final decision, which is why we’ve put together three of our most useful decision-making tips.
1) A variety of perspectives can help you reach the right solution
Usually when we feel indecisive we don’t actually know why. In order to decipher a plan of action, it’s important to pinpoint the root of concern: try speaking to a number of people about the situation and weigh up their perspectives against your own. Does it shine a light on something you hadn’t thought of? Does it re-affirm what you originally thought? Externalising an internal debate and hearing contrasting opinions can help to solidify your own beliefs and prompt you to move forwards.
2) Don’t let fear get in the way
Sadly, we can sometimes opt for a ‘safe choice’ because we’re scared of the outcome if we choose the alternative. There’s an element of risk in most things we do, and sometimes with big decisions it’s completely unavoidable. The key is to ask yourself whether you’re willing to take the risk, even if the result is not what you hope for. If it’s something you’re truly passionate about then you have to surrender to the fear and dive in head first. In any case, it’s always good to create a Plan B so that if all else fails, you have something else in the pipeline.
3) Give yourself a timescale
It’s no secret: decision-making is hard. It’s okay if you need time to deliberate and make up your mind. Be careful not to spend too long however, or you may find yourself down a rabbit hole, more confused than you were, to begin with. The key is to set yourself a deadline just like a teacher would for an assignment; that way you’re not rushed into making any hasty decisions. This should also help to diminish any feelings of stress or panic you have, which can lead to making the wrong call.
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