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Be Decisive | Scott H Young

Decisiveness as a skill

You can learn and practice the skill of making firm decisions quickly.

  • Minor decisions (what movie to see or restaurant to go to, should be made in thirty seconds to a minute. 
  • Major decisions should be made in less than five, even if that decision is to do more information gathering so that a decision of action can be made more effectively.

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Understand your indecision

There are many reasons why you might procrastinate.

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Forget perfection

Wanting to choose the perfect option holds us back from deciding.

Such options aren’t realistic, so we’re left instead with a handful of options that aren't particularly good or bad.

Make some immediate progress

Instead of trying to finalize your decision right away, commit to making some kind of progress with your decision.

The costs of indecisiveness
  • Not taking action can cost you an opportunity, or cost money and time as you delay.
  • People waiting for you to make a decision can get frustrated.
  • You can feel stress about your...
How we deal with uncertainty

These are some of the common ways we habitually deal with the uncertainty of a decision. But none of them solve the problem for us:

  • Doing some research. 
  • Writing out a pros and cons list.
  • Asking a bunch of people about their opinion.
  • Putting off the decision.
We are uncertain about
  • What the best choice might be.
  • Whether there will be negative consequences of the choice.
  • Whether we’ll look dumb to others if we make the wrong choice.
  • Whether we’ll feel dumb, or ripped off, and regret it for years to come.
  • Whether we’ll be OK if we make the wrong choice.
Why we are not decisive
Why we are not decisive

The main cause of our trouble with being decisive comes down to this process: cultural conditioning +negative habits.

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Learning to be more decisive

This comes down to pinpointing and getting rid of the habits that increase indecisiveness.

If you feel you struggle to be decisive it's because you've developed habits that increase your lack of confidence when it comes to decision-making.

Uncertainty is a key feature of decision-making

Recognize and accept the fact that you will not be able to control and solve all uncertainty and that you don’t need to. You will be anxious about that, but it's normal.

This will make it much easier for you to simply make a decision and move on.