Decisions can be overwhelming. Should I start my own business? Should I try online dating? Should I go for a promotion? Should I move to a new city? Should I go back to school? Sometimes just the sheer magnitude of the decision puts you off from doing anything at all. This can go on and on for some time. And it’s paralyzing.
Here's what you need to know. Inaction is action. When you spend days, months, years thinking about whether or not you should do something, you waste precious time actually doing something more harmful: zero.
Don’t get me wrong, it's important to make considered, well-thought-out decisions, especially when they're life changing like some of the above. But lets not confuse fear of failure and chronic overthinking with decision-making. With some guidance laid out here, and by listening to your intuition, you can make the right choices in your life and feel confident, empowered and in control doing so.
Here are five tips to make the right decision for you:
1. Stop asking other people.
Trust that your inner voice, your intuition, has all you need to know. You are whole and have the answers, my friend!
2. Sleep on it.
There's rarely a real rush to make a big decision, and 24 hours to make one (when there are external factors involved — e.g. your boss is waiting) is always a good idea. A fresh, relaxed mind in the morning is at its most clear.
3. Take some quiet time.
Whether you meditate, think best while running or simply tune in to your center while sitting on your couch with tea, be still and take an hour or two to connect with your inner wisdom. It surfaces when we allow it to.
4. Consider both clear outcomes of the decision in mind.
Write them down. Imagine all of a sudden that one of the two outcomes was taken off the table. Scratch it out on the paper. Do you feel disappointed or relieved with what remains? If it feels good, here's your answer!
5. Create a personal deadline to making it happen.
No negotiating on this one!
Use this momentum to just take the next small step. Do this immediately — momentum creates more momentum, so use the energy created by making the decision to take some action. For example, you might say, "By Friday at 5 p.m. I will buy my business URL and speak to my bank about a business loan."
You don’t need everything figured out. You just need to get clear on what we want, then start to walk in that direction. Independence and choice have great power and potential for you on the path of becoming your highest self. Claim your power now.