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How Fast Can You Make A Decision?

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July 20, 2018
Brittany Leonor

I recently stumbled upon a post by business coach Angie Lee that really hit me:

“Decisiveness- How fast can you make a decision? Being wishy washy doesn't cut it in entrepreneurship.”

That’s some hard truth. As a perfectionist on the road to recovery, taking way too long to make a decision is basically my #1 talent. Don’t believe me? Read this post to see how long it took me to quit my previous job after I had made the decision to move on.

Back to the point.

Indecisiveness is a killer of energy, momentum, time, creativity and intuition. It sucks the life out of you. And if you’ve ever been faced with a big decision, you know it’s hard to concentrate on literally anything else in life. How can you move forward in business and stay on your creative game with this huge roadblock in the way?

And let’s just talk about intuition for a minute.

The longer you ignore your gut reaction, what you know deep down inside to be the best option to choose, the harder it is to tune into your intuition. And the harder it is to trust yourself. You stop getting those clear answers because you’ve been choosing to not listen to them. After a while, you won’t be in tune with your intuition at all.

Scared yet? Don’t be. I strongly believe we can train ourselves to make better decisions faster. Here’s what I’m challenging myself to do and if you’re a chronic perfectionist/decision-hater, you should join me. For the next week:

  1. Meditate and Pray: get in tune with your gut and set your intention. Plus I believe if you ask for help in making decisions, God will hook you up.
  2. Avoid asking other’s opinions: you know the age old, “I don’t know, what are you getting” or “I don’t know, what are you going to wear”? Cut ‘em out. Just for this week! I don’t think it’s always bad to get input from others, but this exercise will get you to trust yourself again.
  3. Streamline small decisions: decision fatigue is a real thing. We all get to a point in our day/week/month/life when we’ve already made so many choices, one more feels like it’s going to break us. So streamline small decisions and you won’t have to waste precious brain power on them. Pre-plan as much as you can at the start of the week: what you’re cooking, your workouts, outfits, what you need to be working on each day, etc. Give yourself enough of a routine or formula that allows you to stay fresh for the more important decisions.
  4. Go for it: just make the decision. What’s the worst that could happen? Consider it and honestly think about your game plan if the worst does happen. You can usually come up with a solution or two OR realize the worst that could happen isn’t so bad at all.

That’s it. Four little practices isn’t so hard, right? Let’s try them out together.