Life is full of choices. And we have to make decisions to move forward.

But if you’re overly analytical, or you’re consistently doubting yourself — you can hinder your progress. And you can end up making poor decisions as a result.

If you feel overwhelmed by a decision-making process, then take a step back and calm yourself. You will be able to think more clearly and rationally when you are relaxed.

Don’t ask yourself too many questions, as that leads to confusion. It is best to limit the time you spend pondering a choice.

What I recommend is:

  • Gather information about the choices.
  • Assess each choice rationally and narrow down your options.
  • Then sit back and don’t think further about it! Trust that your feelings and your higher processing abilities will take care of the rest and will provide you with clarity soon.

Becoming More Decisive

Begin to make small every day decisions quickly, without thinking much or at all. For example, what clothes you are going to wear, what your order is at the restaurant for dinner, or which route you are going to take to get home. Make the decisions quickly.

By making quick choices, you begin to develop trust in your instincts. And as I’m sure you’ve experienced in life — your first instinct about a choice is usually correct. It’s only when the mind begins churning and overthinking, that we get lost.

The Bigger Decisions

When it comes to more significant decisions in life, you have to know yourself. You have to have an understanding of your strengths and resources, your values, and your needs.

Then you can more easily perceive which decisions will be most beneficial for you. You can weigh up your options based upon what it is you truly want in life. And what the best route will be to get you there, given your abilities and circumstances.

You can also choose to break a big decision down into smaller steps. For example, if you’re considering a career change, then before you commit to a big decision, you can make a series of smaller decisions in the interim. So, you could research your options, go on a short course, or find relevant people to talk about your options.

Use the power of visualisation to go through your options. Visualise different outcomes, and observe your feelings. Practise visualising the outcome of your decisions going well — how does that feel? Take note of any useful information that arises. Learn to trust your feelings.

Committing To Your Decisions

Look to identify your priorities, and this allows you to narrow down your options. What will make the biggest difference? What will have the most impact and be the most beneficial? What are you in the best position to achieve?

Make a list of tasks to do in order of priority. And construct the list based upon what you believe you can realistically achieve at the time.

Give each task your full and undivided attention. Don’t multitask. Eliminate distractions. And focus entirely on what you have decided to do. Move onto the next task when you have completed what you can.

You may realise your priorities are changing. And you will most likely have to be flexible, and change your plans at times. But don’t leave tasks and obligations hanging in the midst. Either let them fully go, or make time to see them through to completion.

The more you put tasks off, the more they will build up as clutter in the back of your mind. Get things done, and you will free yourself from unnecessary mental clutter.

Be willing to trust your feelings and your instincts. Opportunities may arise, and if you are not spontaneous and decisive you can miss them. Be prepared to jump and trust yourself. The quicker you make decisions, the less time you will be confused, and the more confident you will become.

And don’t worry about things not working out as you hoped. Sometimes, we can end up on a path in life that can seem like the wrong direction. But then we find something interesting along the way. And if you hadn’t gone down the ‘wrong’ path in the first place, you wouldn’t have found the turning.

Often in life, it is best to simply proceed, even if you are not entirely sure where you’ll end up.

And even if you do come to regret some decisions, just remember that there is always something we can learn from our experiences. And every mistake or failure is an opportunity to improve, adapt and evolve.