It's better to make a decision and it is the wrong one than to not make a decision for fear of it being the wrong one. When you make a decision regardless of the result, you're collecting feedback and data which allows you to reiterate and optimize for the next go around.
Sitting and being indecisive keeps you at square one with no feedback about what works. The only things you have are theories and guesses, which isn't going to cut it.
With that said, here is a simple four-step process to become decisive and improve your decision making.
1. Set a specific vision.
Without a vision, it's easy to get lost and veer off into numerous paths, none of which lead to your desired destination. When you set a vision, you're equipping yourself with an internal GPS that prevents you from getting lost and having something to refer back to when you need a reminder for which way to go.
As you're setting a vision, let it be fun, get creative, and most importantly, don't judge yourself for what you want nor let your present situation influence your desired future situation. As you're thinking about your vision, try some of these questions to get yourself started:
- What type of work and value am I bringing to the world?
- Where am I living?
- Do I have employees? Are they remote or do we have an office?
- What's my reputation?
- How much money am I earning?
- How am I earning this money?
- How's my health?
And these are just a few of the many questions that can help steer your outlook in business and your well being. Stay future-focused and be specific with your details so undesirable things don't sneak their way into your vision.
2. Identify the most important thing right now for growth.
Once you have your vision, break it down into steps so small that it's something that can easily be implementable right now. This is important because it thrusts you into action and leads to quicker opportunities of creating momentum and confidence.
Your end result happens through a collection of small daily victories. As you're looking to decide what's most important, start with these questions:
- Does this task expand or constrict my desired vision?
- Does this task provide a big ROI toward my goals or am I doing this because it's easy?
3. Schedule time and develop a routine for your habit.
Humans are creatures of habit and if we let our brains run free without a routine, we run the chance of letting it get attached to things that don't serve our vision and goals.
When you schedule time for your habit and develop a routine, you're creating a system along with establishing an order, which increases the likelihood of accomplishing your goal.
Waking up in the morning with a routine and plan ahead of time is much better than aimlessly wandering on the computer wondering what you need or want to do today.
Allocate time each day toward your craft and by doing this, it no longer feels like a to-do list task but instead becomes part of your identity.
4. What's your purpose?
When you elevate yourself beyond ego and worry of what others opinions may be, you can accomplish anything. Often, the thing that stops us from accomplishing great feats is ourselves due to fear, criticism, and overvaluing the opinions of others.
But, if you develop and discover something that is so compelling that those factors don't matter, your chances of success switch from an "if it'll happen" to a "when it'll happen".
The best and most powerful way to increase your daily motivation is to connect your work to a higher purpose and mission. To do this, get clear on why this specific goal is so important to you by asking "why" multiple times to remove surface-level answers.