Every day, we’re faced with a seemingly endless stream of choices.
What should we have for lunch?
What time should we start our workday?
What project should we work on next?
And while some of these choices don’t matter on a big scale, others can have a profound impact on the course of our lives.
So, how can we make sure we’re making the right decision when it really matters?
According to author and thought leader Seth Godin, the key is to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
“The most powerful decisions,” he writes, “are neither made nor unmade lightly…The only way to move forward with confidence is to be okay with not knowing what will happen.”
In other words, making a powerful decision means accepting that there is risk involved—and being okay with that.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. We’re wired to avoid uncertainty at all costs, and that aversion can keep us stuck in indecision for months or even years.
But if we want to make progress in our businesses and our lives, we need to learn to lean into the discomfort of not knowing what the future holds.
Fortunately, there are some concrete steps we can take to increase our comfort level with making powerful decisions.
We need to get clear on our values and what’s important to us.
What are our non-negotiables? What are we willing to sacrifice in order to achieve our goals? Once we have a good sense of what matters most to us, it becomes much easier to say “no” to the things that don’t align with our values— freeing up time and energy to focus on the things that do.
We need to develop a strong relationship with our intuition.
Our gut instinct is often more accurate than our rational mind, so it’s important to find ways to quiet the noise and listen to what our intuition is trying to tell us. One simple way to do this is by spending time each day in reflection and meditation.
This gives us the space we need to connect with our inner guidance and trust that we’ll know what direction to go in when the time comes.
It’s helpful to think about past times when we’ve had to make tough decisions.
What helped us feel confident in those situations? Was it having a support system in place? Taking some time for self-care before making a final call? When we take the time to reflect on what’s worked for us in the past, it becomes much easier to replicate those same conditions when future big decisions come up.
Remember that perfect isn’t possible—and that’s okay!
Making a decision doesn’t mean that everything has to be 100 percent figured out before taking action.
In fact, usually, quite the opposite is true: oftentimes, the best way to move forward is by taking small actions consistently over time rather than waiting for everything to be perfect before starting.
So if you’re feeling stuck in indecision right now, remember that you have the power to change that—starting today!
Get clear on your values, tune into your gut, embrace imperfection, and don’t be afraid to take the risk… with great risk comes great reward.
Taking risks can be scary, but it can also be exhilarating. It’s the feeling of stepping into the unknown, of not knowing what will happen but being okay with that. It’s the feeling of embracing uncertainty and stepping out of our comfort zone.
And that’s where the real magic happens. When we’re willing to take risks, we open ourselves up to possibilities that we never would have imagined before. We allow ourselves to dream bigger and to aim higher. We become more daring, more creative and more courageous.
Embrace life and see where it takes you.
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