The meaning of this post may be different to different people. Maybe you are in a position where you’re not allowed to make many decisions and you’d like to make more. Or maybe you are in a decision-making position but you have trouble making them. Whatever the case may be, here is some simple advice for making more decisions.
- Make a decision. This may be obvious but too often I run into managers and decision makers who let fear keep them from making decisions. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of making a mistake. If you’re in this position, you need to know that the reason you’re there is because people trust you to make decisions. You might make mistakes here and there, but that comes with the territory. No decision is worse than the wrong decision 99 times out of 100.
- Have conviction. Once you make a decision, make it known, and stick with it. You don’t want to be seen waffling on certain issues. You will lose the faith and the trust of your team.
- Track results. Keep track of what that decision leads to, positive or negative. If it’s negative, there will always be something you can learn from it, even if its as simple as not making that decision ever again. If it’s positive, you can use that as the start of a track record that will build others trust in you to make more decisions.
The hardest part is making the decision. For some, the next hardest part will be arguing for that decision. But if you believe you are right, you have to be willing to fight for it. Just know that when you do, you will have to stand behind it all the way.