When it comes to decision-making, do you procrastinate? Do you weigh the pros and cons, over and over, again? Do you hesitate in an approach-avoidance dance? You’re not alone. Many people fear making the wrong decision, so they make no decision at all.
If any of this sounds like you, consider this: as long as you have life, no decision is your last. You’re going to make great decisions and you’re bound to make mistakes. Accept that as reality. Perfection is an illusion. Perfection is one of the LIES that limit.
According to “Psychology Today,” Emotional procrastination starts with the whisper of negative emotion. In another article they report that procrastination reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next day. In reality, we’ll feel so much better if we get it done today. When we delay taking action we know we must take today, tomorrow becomes even more crowded and the negative emotions intensify.
So, when you’re facing a decision that’s difficult to make and you find yourself continually putting it off, try these four steps.
- Do your due diligence. Make it thorough and timely. Then, make a decision.
- Decide and be committed to making the decision right.
- Pay attention to evidence that presents itself about the impact of your decision. Notice, learn and adjust.
- Do whatever is needed to correct course, including deciding again.
And as we know, decision-making isn’t the only area procrastination can grab hold and not let go. If you find yourself procrastinating on a task, check out this video from MindTools. It provides 3 steps to conquer procrastination and manage your time better.
Remember, you can always make another decision. No decision is your last.