How to be more decisive

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Do you want to be more decisive? About two weeks ago, I wrote about habits and how forming good habits can make achieving our goals easier. You can read the post here:

Start being more confident through your habits

From that post, we received an email from one of our subscribers. She asked us what habits she could start so that she could become a more decisive person.

Before we begin, let’s get you on the same page here. Decisive in this context means “having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively”. 

Are you a person who struggles to make decisions?

Or maybe you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like making decisions because it makes you feel uncomfortable?

If any of the above sounds like you, I have three tips to help you become a more decisive person.

1. Start with making small decisions.

I always believe that we should start small. Because doing something small but consistently every day will give us the momentum and practise we need.

For example, if your colleagues or friends ask you what to have for lunch, instead of saying “I’m okay with anything,” you could make a quick decision by choosing a place to eat.

It’s easy to just go along with what others want, but making small decisions like this will give you the confidence you need to make bigger decisions later on.

Now other people may not agree with your choices, but that’s okay. Which brings me to my second tip.

2. Be okay with rejection.

Yep. Rejection is okay.

Many people prefer not to make decisions because they know their decisions may get rejected.

But from now on, I want you tell yourself that it’s okay if what you say is not accepted by others.

Decisive people get rejected all the time. But they get used to it after a while. You’ll need to understand that a part of being decisive is being used to rejection.

3. Take on more responsibility.

Another way you can learn to be more decisive is by taking on more responsibility. Volunteer yourself to take on projects or tasks that require you to make decisions.

The more responsibility you have, the more decisions you’ll make. Get into the habit of making decisions and being accountable for any outcome.

So I hope you’ve enjoyed these three tips to help you become more decisive in life and at work. Try it out and tell us how it goes.

We’ll talk to you again soon.

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