Have you ever wondered how much influence you can have on your career? How much do your choices impact your leadership? How many decisions are made by external factors?
The question about external factors influencing your future hardly matters. That’s because you have the power of choice. Even if unfavorable circumstances hit you, you can choose to respond in different ways.
What happens when you find it hard to make any decision or remain inactive? The same will happen as with every other choice because indecision and passiveness are choices. They are dangerous choices because they surrender your power to decide to others.
Indecision and inaction decide your destiny.
Your indecision may not matter when you can’t decide between Crème brûlée and cheesecake and let the waiter choose for you. But when the stakes are high(er), your decision determines your destiny. More accurately, your indecision or inaction decides your destiny.
Indecision and Passivity Impact Your Life
The more you decide not to make a choice, the harder it gets to make a choice when it counts. The inability to make good decisions can be inflamed by turning a blind eye on your decisions and choosing to remain passive.
The good news is, the ability to make sound decisions can be learned. More on that later. Let’s talk first about how your choices impact you at work.
Consequences of Indecision at Work
Work is full of decisions. Yet, it is astounding how many professionals leave their decisions to chance in an area that impacts their lives significantly.
For example, some people stay in careers that do not suit them nor fulfill them. They choose to remain passive. They fool themselves into thinking that the “odds are ever in their favor” until they experience the hard way that this isn’t a guarantee.
Another example is when leaders tolerate behaviors in their organization until the impact on the culture is hard to reverse. Deciding when and how to address the intolerable within your sphere of influence falls on you as a leader.
There are many more examples where decisions matter. Decisions can feel exhausting or overwhelming. Remember, you have both the power and the responsibility to make wise decisions. That ball is in your court, no matter how the world looks around you. That’s not always easy. Some decisions take a lot of energy.
How You Can Make Better Decisions
You can make better decisions by first understanding your values. Examine what matters to you. Your values inform your decisions. Second, you can reflect on your past decisions. Examine how your choices have impacted your life and learn from your past.
Third, you can look for people who can help you to make sound decisions when the stakes are high.
Lastly, you can practice making more decisions and eliminating some decisions by creating limited options. An example of this is pre-selecting the clothes you wear every week by laying out the options ahead of time. Pre-selections will make your days far less exhausting as you don’t have to break your pretty head about minor decisions and have more capacity for decisions that matter.
Resources to Improve Decision-Making
To further grow your ability to make confident decisions, here are a few resources to help you:
- Decision-Making Strategies (Beginners) — 47 min.
- Executive Decision-Making (Intermediate) — 50 min.
- Time-Tested Methods for Making Complex Decisions (Intermediate) — 25 min.
- Making Key Decisions as a Manager (Intermediate) — 31 min.
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Blinkist Book Summary) — 13 min.
- Critical Thinking for Better Judgment and Decision-Making (Advanced) — 56 min.
Here’s to making great choices!
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