How To Break Free From Indecision

A woman struggles to make a decision during a work meeting.

Should I? Shouldn’t I? We’ve all been there. Your brain is turning a million miles per hour, and you just can’t seem to decide. Do I try something new and get the breakfast burrito, or do I get the classic ham and cheese toastie? You may get away with this with your friends, but indecision can be detrimental to your work performance. It’s time to break free from indecision. 

Studies have found that indecisive managers cause role ambiguity. Role ambiguity negatively impacts employees’ trust in their managers and increases turnover intentions. It’s safe to say that decisive people are perceived as more confident and knowledgeable, whether you’re a manager or an employee. 

Know Your Stuff AND AVOID INDECISION

Make informed decisions and gather data and information. The most successful people read and are smart enough to look for mentors.

Sometimes you’ll have to make split-second decisions, and this is why having a great foundation of general knowledge is to your advantage. 

Learn more and love yourself! 

You may think, “I know myself!” but insecurity and uncertainty can be a sign that there is more growth needed and more to learn about yourself. Invest time into trying new things. Gravitate to things that make you smile and avoid things that you dislike. You’ll begin to form an opinion. 

In addition, start the day with a morning mantra and be kind to yourself. When you become more certain about yourself and your value, you’ll start to notice that you can make decisions more easily.  

No Decision Is Still A Decision

When you decide to not make a decision, that is a decision in itself!

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing”.

Theodore Roosevelt. 

Pick something. It’s impossible to always know what the right choice is. However, at least your colleagues/employees will recognise your ability to take action.

Remember, nothing will change unless you change. If you want to learn more about reversing a bad habit, check out our article, “Want To Reverse A Bad Habit? Try The Copy-Cat Nudge”.

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