If you want to be top of your game in the business world, it’s critical to know how to make decisions. Equally as important, is mastering the skill of arriving at a decision without wasting time.
Here is some of the best advice that you’ll hear to help you be more decisive and confident with your decision making:
1. Sometimes “good enough” is the right answer.
Most successful professionals strive for perfection. However, the challenge with making perfection the goal in your decision making is that you can easily miss the element. Remember that your competitors are faced with the same time constraints that you are when it comes to making decisions. If you deliberate too long, you may miss out on the opportunity.
2. Understand what holds you back from making decisions.
A common fear to pull the trigger on a decision is a lack of information. However, even when data is lacking, people generally have a gut instinct about which decision to make. Understand what hinders you from being decisive and learn to trust your gut.
3. Define your long-term vision.
People are faced with hundreds of decisions each day, both large and small. When you have a long-term vision for yourself and/or your company, making these day-to-day decisions will become much easier as they will help to propel you in the right direction for accomplishing your long-term goal.
4. Break down decisions into smaller chunks.
Some decisions are more complex than others. When encountering a big decision with multiple moving parts, break the decision-making process down into smaller chunks. This will allow you to be more calculated, minimize risk, and adjust more easily.
5. Consider the outcomes and don’t look back.
Before you make a big decision, consider the possible outcomes. What are the best and worst case scenarios of your decision? Once you anticipate the possible outcomes, make your decision and don’t look back.
Take advantage of the best practices outlined above to give yourself an edge and become a more decisive decision maker.