We are all faced with important and not so important decisions. Sometimes we make decisions quickly with little or no forethought. And sometimes we spend days, weeks and even months trying to make up our minds. Often once we have made our decision we begin to have second thoughts. Did we make the right decision? Maybe we should have chosen the other direction. We begin to vacillate and question ourselves. We doubt ourselves.
As creative leaders, we must learn to trust our instincts. We need to train our hearts to listen to the little voice inside. This voice is often overshadowed by its big brother — analysis. And yes, there is a time and place for analysis, but not after the decision has been made. You need to believe in your ability to make the right decision. You need to accept the decisions that you make.
While we may make bad decisions, we should never regret the decisions that we make. We should not dwell in the past. Learn from your mistakes. And if possible, change your decision. If you find that new job that you accepted was not as promoted, you can always find another one. Don't live regretting bad decisions. Change them. And learn to trust that soft inner voice that knows the right answer.
Five Ways to Make Better Decisions
- Research and analyze the various options prior to making a decision. Make a list of pros and cons.
- Find a quiet place, relax, and meditate on the decision.
- Never make a decision when tired. Sleep on the decision and make it in the morning when you are fresh.
- Cultivate your ability to hear that soft voice inside your heart.
- Accept that you made the right decision. Don't doubt yourself. Don't regret your decision.
May you trust yourself enough
to accept the decisions you make.