“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
You’ve probably heard this talk a thousand times. But, it’s probably for good reason.
Today, I’m taking a totally new approach to becoming more decisive and action-oriented. This is an important idea in business, military, sports, and life. And luckily, it all can start today.
Have you ever had a conversation go like this?
Person A: Where do you want to go to eat?
Person B: I don’t care.
Probably a thousand times. For a good reason.
Small decisions like deciding where to eat, what to eat, what movie to see, what activity to do, what show to watch are endless.
Many of us create routines in our lives that minimize the number of decisions we have to make. In doing so, we become more efficient on a daily basis. These habits we form are important to allow us to focus on more complex things in our daily lives, such as work or relationships.
Thus, it is good to automate as many decisions as possible.
However, when it is time to make a decision, make a decision. These tiny choices that take a fraction of a second to decide lead to habitual action rather than habitual indecision. The cumulative effect of these choices can have massive ramifications on your career, personal life, and overall effectiveness.
Plus, your friends will stop asking what you want and have to make the decision on their own!
If you’re seriously struggling with making decisions, you can set time-limits and option-limits. In other words, you set 10 minutes to make a particularly small or reversible decision. Or, in terms of options, you only allow yourself to choose between 3 choices. This not only saves time, but also saves space for your brain to handle other tasks throughout the day.
Don’t be afraid of making small decisions, and you will be making large decisions and taking action in no time. That’s what makes life fun and exciting. Boredom and nothingness is the opposite of happiness; take action!