📌 Be clear regarding your values.
“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” — Roy E. Disney
A wise choice might be easier if you’re aware of your values.
Whenever you’re stuck, return to your values and take another crack at the situation.
If you’ve never considered what your values may be, take the opportunity to make a list and describe what’s most important to you.
📌 Gather more information.
“As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the most information.” — Benjamin Disraeli
Do you have enough information to make a good decision?
Take the time you need to gather the information needed to make a wise choice.
Take advantage of every possible resource.
📌 Avoid indecision as a decision.
“More is lost by indecision than wrong decision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity. It will steal you blind.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
There’s a difference between taking your time and being indecisive.
Make no mistake, failing to make a decision is a decision.
It’s a decision to rely on luck and forces outside yourself to decide your fate.
When you don’t make a decision, you lose control of your future.
📌 Ask a mentor for advice.
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey
Maybe someone else you know has faced a similar dilemma.
Experience counts for a lot.
Get guidance if it’s available to you, but avoid blindly following the advice of others.
Make your own decision.
A mentor guides, but they don’t decide.
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” — William S. Burroughs
Your brain works better when it’s relaxed.
An overly stressed state results in the inhibition of the higher functions of your brain.
Your best ideas come when you’re mentally at ease.
Take a long, hot bath if you must, and consider your situation.
📌 Get some exercise.
“The brain is a tool that gets rusty without constant, albeit moderate, exercise.” — George Sand
Physical exertion can change your chemistry and provide a new perspective.
Go hit the gym for an hour and then reconsider your dilemma.
Don’t be surprised if you have a few new ideas.
📌 Meditate or pray.
“Only a life of prayer and meditation will render a vessel ready for the Master’s use.” — George Muller
The choice is yours.
The mental state achieved through meditation and prayer can be highly creative.
You’ll be in a better place to make a good decision.
📌 What would you tell a friend in the same situation?
“ A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.” — Frances Ward Weller
Dealing with the challenges of others can be clearer than dealing with your own.
What would you tell a friend or family member?
It might be wise to take your own advice!
📌 Review your goals.
“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” — Les Brown
Each action you take will make achieving your goals either more or less likely.
How do your choices mesh with your goals?
This can be an effective way to find an intelligent solution.
Make a list of goals if you don’t already have one.
📌 Consider the downside.
“To every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage.” — W. Clement Stone
Maybe there’s more than one choice with the same potential benefits.
But consider the possible downside to each option.
Manage your risk.
When two or more options have the same potential benefit, the choice with the least risk is often the best.
When you’re stuck, it means that all the choices seem equivalent.
After you’ve done everything you can to reach a decision, choose.
Even if you’re still uncertain, make a choice and stick with it until you’re certain it was a wrong choice.
Even a poor decision is usually better than no decision at all.
Taking action might show you a new idea for a better approach.
And you’ll be moving forward, instead of stuck in the quagmire of indecision.