How to Make Quick Decisions Without Second-Guessing

Businessman holding a pocket watchDo you have a hard time making decisions?

When you need to figure out a plan of action, do you take days to consider all the options, and can’t ever decide on the spot?

After you painstakingly resolve on a plan of action, do you go back and forth, reconsidering if you had made the right decision?

If this sounds like you, you likely waste a lot of time managing your team because of your lack of quick decision-making skills.

Leaders have tons of decisions to make on a daily basis, from small, inconsequential ones, to large and important ones.

However, to keep workflow at a constant, these decisions should be made rather quickly without second-guessing.

Train yourself to do so with these suggestions:

Go With Your Gut – The most important lesson about learning to feel comfortable to make decisions is learning to trust yourself. If you look back at your track record, you will likely realise that you have a good head on your shoulders, and you typically arrive at the right outcomes. Due to this, try to make quick decisions by going with your gut. It is likely that you do this anyway, except that you stall for time by considering all the possible alternatives. Your subconscious is your ally, and will usually steer toward the correct choice, it is your conscious mind that plays tricks and makes you wonder as to other possibilities.

Stop The “What If? – Most of the time, we fail to commit to one choice because we are curious about the others. If you consider promoting one employee, you will second guess other likely candidates, and what kind of contributions they would make to the department. Or, if you have to pick a marketing campaign for a new product, you will mill over a half dozen ideas, and imagine what each one would offer to the company. However, it’s vital to understand that you can’t live out all the possible scenarios, and can’t have it all, which is why you need to stop asking, “What if?” and commit to one choice.

Accept Possible Failure – Managers have to balance a lot, and their decisions affect their employees and the rest of the company. This is the reason it is very hard for some leaders to make decisions for fear that a wrong choice can put the company’s welfare in the balance. If you need to decide whether to invest in a risky new idea, you will likely stay up nights making lists of pros and cons, not able to figure out the best solution. Remember that although you do have a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders, you are only human and may make the wrong choice once in a while. Don’t let that fear stop you from making quick choices, as even a well-thought out resolution cannot work out in your favour.

Some individuals can make decisions easily, while others have a much harder time at it. Think of it as a skill you need to practice.

Give yourself a timeframe on making a choice, and stick to it.

Many Thanks

Mark Williams

Head of Training and Development

MTD Training   | Image courtesy of Big Stock Photo

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