Do you always find it difficult to make decisions? Maybe you’re afraid of ending up with the wrong choice or just don’t know what you want. If you’re tired of racking your brain, then it’s time to put an end to the dilemma and start choosing wisely. Here are 8 ways to deal with indecisiveness:
Don’t overthink it
The more you think about something, the more confused you will get. Avoid the ‘what-ifs’ and try to figure out what would really make you happy. Deep down, you do know the answer so stop adding negativity to your decision-making process.
Learn to filter your choices
Sometimes life presents you with so many choices that it seems almost impossible to decide. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Instead, what you can do is select 2 or 3 of the best options. Immediately strike off the ones that you find less appealing and move from there.
Set a deadline
Don’t let your indecisiveness linger for too long. You may end up not making a choice at all. Give yourself some time to think about it and set a deadline you’re comfortable with. Avoid rushing into things and make sure your mind is completely clear.
Trust your own instinct
Sometimes we may already know what we want, but we let other people’s views alter our decisions. Maybe they just want what’s best for you, but you’re the only one who knows what your heart truly desires. Listen to your gut and trust your instinct.
Avoid trying to please others
Don’t make decisions based on other people’s needs. Be honest about what you want. It doesn’t matter if others don’t agree with your decision. What’s important is that you are aware of your own needs and you are not afraid to be open about it.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes
Making a “bad” decision is better than not making any decision at all. You can always learn from your experiences to ensure you make better choices in the future. Just remember that life is a learning process and you don’t need to get everything right at first.
List down the pros and cons
This is probably the easiest way to help you make a choice. When you really can’t decide, write down all the pros and cons so you can have a clearer picture. Be sure to be honest with yourself. Don’t dismiss the cons just because what you want is the opposite.
Low self-esteem can cloud your judgment. Believe in yourself and be confident enough to make choices that are right for you. You need to value yourself first in order to choose what’s best for you. Never depend on others to make your life choices.
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.