In our everyday lives, we are faced with countless decisions and choices that need to be made. These decisions can be anything from our choice of coffee to the proper way to handle a dilemma at work. Many of us view these situations with some trepidation. Decision-making can cause anxiety, stress and even fear. In fact, the majority of people get so bogged down in the minutia of making a decision that we lose sight of the big picture.
For example, let’s say that I am faced with an issue that needs addressing at work. I need to hire one of two applicants for a position in my company. Both seem qualified, but have different skill sets. If I put a lot of thought and focus into making this choice, if I make a Venn Diagram, a pros and cons list and spend days or even weeks agonizing over this decision, I will be hurting my own business. Stress and worry takes the place of actions that would actually be beneficial to my business. In the two weeks that it took me to make this decision, one of them could have been hired, trained and contributing to our organization. Both candidates would make an excellent contribution to my team.
My message to you is this; believe in your gut. Your personal feelings actually play an enormous part in making the right choice, however large or small. We tend to spend so much time worrying about large decisions that probably don’t have a “wrong choice” among the options, yet we pay no mind to the decisions that we make automatically.
Great leaders, motivators and decision makers value their “guts” and are able to make a definitive choice quickly. The next time you’re faced with a dilemma, don’t ignore that first instinct. Pay attention to your initial feeling or reaction to the choice. Don’t be afraid of snap decisions. Embrace your ability to make a choice quickly!