Do you have trouble making decisions about the smallest things, such as where to eat dinner or what show to watch? Some people feel paralyzed by indecision on matters big and small. Making decisions can reflect your confidence and resolution. Luckily, you can learn how to become more decisive.
Why Am I So Indecisive?
Indecision reflects many personal qualities and circumstances. Some people become overwhelmed when they have too many options. Others worry about pleasing the people around them — they fear making the “wrong” decision may upset others, or they may try to anticipate what the other person really wants.
Some may suffer from decision fatigue. After making many decisions in a row, you begin to feel emotionally incapable of making another as your brain becomes exhausted.
Tips on Becoming More Decisive
You can learn to become more decisive by doing these things:
- Letting go of perfectionism: Trying to be perfect can get in the way of making decisions when you worry about making the wrong choice. Allow yourself to make the selection you want, regardless of external or internal pressures.
- Making small decisions: Instead of deciding whether to quit your job or not, practice something easier first. Make decisions about inconsequential things, such as if you should eat pizza or burgers for dinner. The more decisions you make, the easier it will become to identify a process and thought pattern that works for you.
- Envisioning the results: A key component of goal-setting is envisioning the outcome you want, which can also assist you in decision-making. Think about the possible effects of each choice, and consider the pros as well as the cons. Having a simple list in your head can help you see what has the most pros.
Benefits of Being More Decisive
When you become more decisive, you can stop wasting mental energy. Overanalyzing each decision and going back and forth over your choices gets exhausting. Decisiveness removes circular thinking from your thought patterns, too.
Practicing decisiveness can help you eliminate procrastination and make decisions quickly. You can also reduce the anxiety that comes with needing to pick one thing or the other. You will appreciate the peace of mind you gain.
Get Help From Taylor Counseling Group
A therapist can help you become more decisive. Contact Taylor Counseling Group today to learn more about our therapy options.