How To Make Decisions
Deciding “I will do it later” is not a decision. Procrastination, delaying, stalling. We have all done it at certain times. Whether it be for a minor task like doing the dishes, stalling is a part of life. I must confess to even putting off writing this article!
Why did I put off writing this article? Because I would justify that it wouldn’t cause any harm or make a difference if I waited a day. There were more pressing items with work I should attend to. For small items, like doing the dishes, delaying may not cause an issue. However, for more major decisions in your life, procrastinating can be detrimental to you moving forward.
Simply said, for important decisions in your life, saying “I will do it later” is not making a decision. It may feel like you have made a conscious decision, however you are really just prohibiting yourself from moving forward.
Steve Hansen, the highly successful New Zealand All-Blacks coach said “If something is really important you will always make time to do it… If it’s not important you will make an excuse!”
Here are my 3 tips for making important decisions
1. Whether you decide yes or no, be decisive. This article is not about saying yes to all decisions. Saying no is just as important. Either way, be decisive and have confidence in the decision you make.
2. Be open to other people’s input, but in the end the decision is yours to make. It is important to take on feedback and learn from others around you when making a decision. Ultimately though, you are the one that must stand by the decision.
3. There is no perfect time to make a decision. This is probably the most important of all three. There is never a perfect time for change or decision making. You will always have doubts and negative thoughts. However, you must weigh this up with the positive outcomes of making the decision and make a call. Do not wait for the absolute perfect time where everything stacks up. It won’t come.
Through my work in the education space, I constantly see people put off further education and development. Regular comment’s I hear are “I don’t have enough time” or “I will leave it till next year”. Too often people think there will be this shining light of perfect opportunity, where you will not have other commitments and plenty of time to study. IT DOESN’T HAPPEN. If developing your career through further education is important enough to you, you will make the decision to proceed. If not, then decide study isn’t for you.
Either way, I encourage all people I speak to, to make a decision. Saying “I will do it later” is not a decision!