Successful leaders are unafraid to make decisions. This seems simple and intuitive; that’s what leaders do, right? Unfortunately, not always.

There are countless excuses for putting off decisions. We don’t want conflict. We’re not clear about what’s really important. We don’t have enough information. It might not be the right decision. All that may be true. However, indecision is not the answer. Right or wrong, making decisions keeps you moving forward.

Gino Wickman’s free e-book Decide! has great insights on how to make decisions, including The Ten Commandments of Decision-Making.

Along the way, however, we all get stuck from time to time. Then ask yourself:

  • What’s the real issue preventing me from making a decision? Underneath all the excuses, what’s really going on? What am I afraid of?
  • What’s the worst that could happen from making a wrong decision, and what are the odds that it will? A mistake isn’t the end of the world. Especially when you know you can pivot.
  • Who could you bring into the decision-making process? If you’re mired in “head trash,” another perspective can clear the way for action.

Somebody else said it best. “Just do it.”

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