The hardest part of decision making is passing the “point of no return“.
While the situation is being analyzed we’re safe.
Wacky, imaginative and wild solutions can be discussed and their impact and effect weighed and discussed. But it’s theoretical, it’s safe.
The minute we have to make the decision, take responsibility for the action and outcome, then we enter into scary territory.
The key to decision making is to get the momentum, confidence, courage and motivation in order to pass the point of no return.
I’m not saying that your decision will always be correct. But what is important is to make a decision and not spend hours, days and weeks agonized and postponing the process and decision.
Picture yourself on a diving board. High above the water. It’s scary to think that you may not perform the dive perfectly. A belly flop would be embarrassing and painful.
There are three options available.
- Stay where you are, agonizing over the decision to jump.
- Go back down the ladder, let someone else jump.
- Jump. Leave the diving board, cross the point of no return, make the dive.
When we are sure of our abilities and understanding due to good research and experience, we have confidence.
When we are not afraid of making a mistake, we have courage.
When we know the decision is important and necessary in order to keep things moving and get on with other activities, then we are motivated.
Focus on the task and problem, create the solutions and make the decisions on time.
Push yourself to pass the point of no return quickly and with confidence.