10 MINUTES TO... BE MORE DECISIVE
Soup or sandwich? Maltesers or Twirl? Wide-leg trousers or miniskirt? Argh! We spoke to life coach Mikaela Pugh to find out how to overcome our indecision…
1 Give Yourself A Time Frame For something trivial (eg lunch), spend no longer than five minutes. If it could make a big impact, take the appropriate time – but be aware that often we already know the answer. Prolonging the inevitable doesn’t get us anywhere.
2 Break Decisions Down Consider steps to help make your decision. Write a list of things you could do (whether this be gathering more information or speaking to someone who can offer another perspective) and take action.
3 Three Simple Questions Try asking yourself: what’s the worst thing that could happen? What’s the best thing that could happen? What will happen if I don’t make this decision? If your answers sway in favour of you making the decision, do it!
4 Map Out Your Goals And Priorities if, say, you’re offered a job that requires you to be away from your family, you’ll need to decide what’s most important. Having a vision of what you want will guide you.
5 Embrace Big Decisions We often associate big decisions with big consequences, but in fact they can be learning experiences that shape us. Try being excited about the possibilities. Apply reason and intuition and trust your path.
6 Work At It Decision-making is a skill, so don’t beat yourself up about it – just work on improving. We’ll never know the answers to our ‘what ifs’ until we actually follow through with our decisions. embrace them and feel empowered.
‘Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…’