Monday, August 13th, 2012
Have you ever had trouble making a decision?
Everyone has. There are usually so many factors to a tough decision you don’t even know where to begin.
So instead of beginning, you procrastinate.
I’ve created a simple exercise that has helped my coaching clients as well as myself make a tough decision a little easier.
1. Make a List of Positives and Negatives
Make a two column list of positives and negatives of your top choice. This will help you begin the process of connecting with your emotions.
Think about what would be beneficial or detrimental if you made a certain choice.
Ex. Should I buy and create a new website? (LoveYourCareerForever.com)
1. It rings true to me
2. I would like to connect with people who have trouble with their careers.
3. I love writing.
4. It would be a great hobby and maybe a new career.
1. A lot of work.
2. I’m not sure if I have enough time.
3. I need help creating the website.
I could feel right away as I made this list that the positives would outweigh the negatives.
2. Visualize on Your Choice
Sit down in a quiet room, set a timer for just 10 minutes, close your eyes and visualize yourself working toward your goal.
Too often people visualize themselves successful and happy when they’ve reached their goal, but don’t take the time to think about how they feel as they doing the small tasks to reach their goal.
A lot of people do the first step, but don’t take the time to listen to how they feel if they would take action on this goal. By running through the choices in your head you can really feel what the best decision is. By tapping into your subconscious you will make the best decision.
3. Take a 15 Minute Action
A lot of people falter on making a tough choice by not taking little baby steps toward their goal. If you know what choice you need to make then it’s time to take action on it.
It can be as simple as setting up an appointment for you to follow through with. Once you got your mind heading in the right direction you need to get your body on board. It’s taking a small action that will keep you moving forward and taking action on your decision.
If you would take action on the above example it’s spending $9 on the domain name and seeing how it makes you feel. If after you purchase the name you are excited then you know that you made the right choice.
The only thing holding you back from taking decisive action is you. You can’t let any external excuse hold you back from moving forward.
Do you have a system in place to help you take action when you are procrastinating?