Be decisive and get on with it: Any decision is better than none; If it’s close it doesn't matter which one you choose. Choose the one that is simplest or safest or most popular with others. If in doubt DO IT. We regret the things we didn't do.
- Successful people have to make decisions all the time, and sometimes these decisions are actually key moments which will affect the future path of our lives. Sometimes these decisions do need a bit of thinking about. Make a list of the pros and cons, make sure you've covered all the possible options, talk them over with other people, sleep on it, take your time, and get it right. But as well as the big moments, there are also lots of small decisions that have to be made every day, and it almost doesn't matter which way we go, as long as we make a decision.
Like someone stopped at a road junction, unable to decide which way to go and blocking the traffic, there are people and organizations who get bogged down by even quite small decisions, with the result that progress is horribly slow towards their objectives. My first point on making decisions, especially the smaller ones, is that often, any decision is better than none. Get into the success habit of getting the key facts, and then just making that decision.
Remember that if a decision is difficult, it's probably because it's finely balanced. The pros and cons add up to the same for both options, so it doesn't matter which one you choose. The key is to pick one and get on with it. If it's close, it doesn't matter which one you pick, so just use the simplest or the quickest, or the one that will make other people happiest. Why not, if it's all the same to you? When we're driving, we often have GPS or satnav making the decisions for us, so we don't have to think about every turning.
If you have clear goals, then that has a similar effect on your brain. Your subconscious will already know which option is best, and will make that decision for you. It will always take the option that takes you most directly towards your overall goal. If you have two routes which both take you to the same place, it doesn't matter which one you take. It's interesting that if you ask people what they regret from the past, they always say it's the things they didn't do.
I could've gone to work in Australia, but I was too slow to get my application in on time, or, I wish I'd asked that girl to dance, and then a year later, she married my best friend. People don't often talk about regretting the things they did do. In fact, even the things I can think of that didn't work out very well, jobs I accepted, trips I went on to unusual countries, things I wasted money on, situations I got into, I'm still glad I did them.
I learned from them. They often led to other things. They've made me what I am now, so I can't really regret any of the decisions I've made. So, if it's a small decision, just make it. Any decision is better than none. Get into the success habit of making decisions, rather than putting them off or avoiding them. If in doubt, make the decision to try whatever it is that you think will be successful. Otherwise, you'll never know what could've been, and you'll end up with a feeling of regret that you didn't do it.