Can you make a decision or not?
Or do you suffer from Decidophobia?
Decidophibia is the fear of making decisions?
Do you suffer from it?
Does your company?
Does your team?
Does your family?
Do you realize what an effect it can have on your organization, life, career, business?
To be successful you have to be good at making decisions.
You have to be good at making the right decisions.
You have to be good at moving forward.
As we enter this new year, is this an area you need to work on?
Trust me, I have been there.
Before I knew how to do it, I was held back from being all a could be.
Once I learned how to do it, there was no stopping me.
Every step you take to learning how to get better at making decisions is a step forward.
According to John H. Patterson:
“An executive is a person who decides.
Sometimes he/she decides right.
But he/she always decides.”
Did you get that?
Hesitation will in most cases not make it better.
Waiting may not get you any closer to the decision.
Not making a decision in to many cases will be worse than making one and then having to change it.
The root cause, of course, is our fear of being wrong.
Once you remove that fear, then you can move on.
Once you can tell yourself that not making a decision is worse than making the wrong one.
Then you move forward – the fear is gone.
From my mentor and from my life:
“I can tolerate employees who make mistakes.
But I have no room for those who fear or hesitate or cannot make a decision.”
Four simple steps. Try them this week.
1. Gather all the information you can up to the time you need to make the decision.
But remember what Jeffrey J. Fox says in his book “How To Get To The Top,”
“Incomplete data is not an excuse for dithering.”
2. Ask all the questions you feel you need to within a limited amount of time.
Yes, you can go on forever asking questions. Your first decision – I have all the
data I am going to gather, let me now make the decision.
3. Get input from all you can.
But be careful. As Creflow Dollar says, “do not allow your feelings to govern your decisions. Else you will be tossed all over the place.”
4. Then make the decision and move forward.
According to the book Jesus CEO, “one study shows that people equate making a decision with the same stress level as being given a shot.”
Is that you?
Come on now, make the decision - WILL YOU PLEASE.
Joyce Meyer puts it very simple when she says, “You cannot drive a parked card. God has only one gear – forward. You see, sometimes we need to do something just to keep from continuing to do nothing?
Ever been there?
Are you there now with some major decisions?
Make the decision.
Watch what happens.
The greatest thing about making a decision is that once made, things start to move forward.
Once made things start to happen.
Now, what happens if you made the wrong decision?
You quickly make another decision to do what you need to.
That is how it works.
It does work and it will make your life, career, business and family so much more enjoyable and successful.
Make a commitment in this new year. Tell yourself: “self, I am going to start making decisions.”
Then do it.
What did we say last week?
Easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.
Now go do it.