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7 Steps to Overcome Indecision

Don’t worry if you can’t decide; even the greatest leaders suffer from indecisiveness. But, they find the cause of their mental roadblock and set dynamite to it. You can do the same with these seven steps to overcome indecision.

Mental Health By Ariba Khaliq / Jun 27, 2018

Indecision isn’t fun

If you get into a tailspin deciding what to wear to a party or become paralyzed trying to figure out whether or not to take that new job, you, like many of us are indecisive. And that feels like being stuck in the mud. “There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision,” said famous psychologist and philosopher William James. But, this shouldn’t worry you because with a little skill, you can get better at it.

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Forget the fear

Indecisiveness mostly sprouts out of fear. Ask yourself what you are afraid of and write it down. Imagine what you’ll do if what you fear comes to pass. For example, you’re considering a job change, but you fear lack of money. The new job pays less than your current job, but it involves something you’re passionate about. Decide how you would deal with reduced income, then set the fear aside and make the decision that seems best to you. As they say, everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

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Tune in to your emotions

Most people who have trouble making decisions tend to over-analyze. Often, applying highest logic or having ample information doesn’t make the decision any easier to make. Set a time limit for your research and list the pros and cons of each option. Then, quickly rate each option on a scale of one to ten. The option with the highest number is the option you must go with.

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Practice on the small stuff

As they say, practice makes man perfect, start making small decisions every day. You could decide what you’re going to have for lunch or what route you should take to work. As little things come up throughout the day, make faster decisions. Don’t put it off unless it’s a big one. Set a time limit for yourself and decide.

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Learn and trust yourself

List your strengths down. Try to incorporate your strengths into your decision-making. So, if you’re creative, make a collage of the choices you’ve to decide between. Finally, accept the good enough option.

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Will it matter 10 years from now?

You might be struggling with a new car purchase. Will it matter 10 years from now which car you chose? If your answer is yes, make the decision carefully. But, don’t let decisions loom large on your mind. Remember that nearly all decisions are reversible. You could always sell the car if it doesn’t work out. Move back if you don’t like the new city. Quit the horrible job. Try not to take decisions too seriously. You learn by erring.

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Flip a coin

Eminent psychologist/philosopher William James had said, “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice”. If you find yourself in a deadlock even after taking many opinions and advices, use a coin to break the psychic logjam. Indecision is all about avoiding 1) the choice between two options, one of which has to be adopted, or 2) the choice between two fairly equal alternatives. In both cases, the decision may well be heads or tails.

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Believe in your gut feeling

Winston Churchill believed that the only guide to man is his conscience. According to experts, people generally know what the “right” choice is, yet they allow themselves to think about the lesser, lower path. This is where indecisiveness takes birth and makes the slope slick and steep. Trust your gut, always.

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