Ways to Conquer Indecision
Posted by: KC Orcutt
Published on: July 4th, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Indecision is something that affects us every single day. Some in more extreme cases than others. In one situation, it might just be browsing a menu at a restaurant and having no idea whatsoever what you’re in the mood for. In others, it might be as monumental of a decision to work for one company, or another.
Either way, we all handle indecision in different ways and sometimes in more productive (or quicker) ways than others. I personally am not good at making up my mind, and sometimes will choose by not choosing, which is probably the worst choice I could make.
I came across this interesting feature which helped break down some ways to conquer indecision. (I think… I’m still deciding).
The more intelligent you are or talented you are, the more likely your indecision stems from anxiety. This is important to think about, because anxiety takes more of an emotional toll than a practical one. If you are up in the air too much and getting stressed out about it, anxiety might alter your decisions and might even lead to regret. Remind yourself to choose when at a more relaxed mental state.
Mistrusting your instinct can also be dangerous. Making a gut decision can often be the best one. If you think about you it, if you don’t make the right decision, you can at least go about making the decision the right way. Think about your options and consequences, and if you have a gut feeling, listen to it.
Beware the paradox of choice. This I found interesting because I was never good at multiple-choice tests. I could argue and fathom who multiple answer choices could be the correct one. Shopping for too much advice or reason is a bad thing. Less is more.
Prioritize your decisions in relation to your demands and fears. Don’t let the potential outcomes become blurry from fear. This will help you make rational choices.
Accept that you might simply not know. Analyzing potential outcomes too often can be negative. Act, examine and then make adjustments and move on. Don’t dwell on a bad decision.
And worst case, you can always flip a coin.
Do you think you ‘suffer’ from indecision? How do you go about making the right choice? Are you one to make pro/con lists or one to forget about it by flipping a coin? Are you the last to order at a restaurant?