What If I Make The Wrong Decision?
Many decisions are the result of much agonising and soul-searching especially if it feels like you are having to choose one path to the total exclusion of all other options. Here the implications of getting it wrong can be huge.
We want to fins the optimum solution which delivers against best resource utilisation and best outcomes. The trick is to do your homework first so that any uncertainty is removed – put all of your energy into deciding what to do and being able to justify this path. Once you do making the decision is simple because you know it is the right decision.
We will always worry about making the wrong decision especially if it will be very difficult to go back and change anything once the “Go” button has been pressed. The stress will come, inevitably, over the coming days, weeks and months when the results start coming in and when you really, really know if your decision was sound and the correct choice.
A significant threat in the process is the problems created by paralysis at the fear of getting things wrong as we cannot easily rank or directly evaluate all of our options. The temptation could be to just go with your instincts; experienced entrepreneurs will just know when something is right, the university-of-life production Manager can smell when something is wrong and needs a reliable remedy. Or we could just wait for divine intervention.
A sensible approach to making that big hairy audacious decision could be considering all of the following points;
- Being aware of our emotions and feelings about the whole episode
- Thinking about our level of motivation towards making the decision; if we don’t care we make the decision and just forget about it!
- We will have to support the decision once made so be prepared to justify, justify and justify again! Best not just rely on your guesswork then.
Successful decisions are characterised by the decision maker being fully committed to their choice and where the emotions of the decision maker have been fully evaluated and the most logical decision has been made nonetheless. Here our emotions will have ruled out some of the more outlandish options but it will have taken into account how we would feel about our anticipated successful outcome.
If you become fearful about that big decision and have a feeling of paralysis try to see a picture where the decision has been made and see what the outcome might look like. Use these emotions, coupled with hard research (and data manipulation if necessary) and check out your commitment to that specific choice.
You may not make the correct decision but you can make every decision correctly.
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