We live in a black and white, yes or no society. Often when faced with a big career decision, that built-in bias causes us to stop at two either or options. That’s a mistake.
Hindsight proves that there are often multiple options available to us and just by looking at your career change in different ways and from different approaches you’ll see more of those options.
Here are five decision-making secrets that will help you to see your optimum choices in foresight rather than until it’s too late.
1). You know far more than you think you do.
You’ve been recording observations subconsciously for your entire life. You’ve taken in and retained much more than you think you have. You’re also connected to all the wisdom in the universe. So, you often don’t need more analysis or research. You do need to pull everything together that you already know and make your best decision possible from where you are with what you have.
2). Readiness to act on a new direction is more based on the existence of confident feelings than on any group of facts.
Where does confidence come from? It comes from remembering your competent experiences. Let go of your career change mistakes and look at your accomplishments. They will put you in a much more confident and hopeful frame of mind. Examine all of your options from that frame of mind.
3). Engagement clarifies. Action intensifies clarity.
By choosing your best bet and getting into action you can’t go wrong. Perspective is enhanced via movement. Often you won’t see your best career options until you take a couple of small steps forward. Look for ways to do that without fully committing to a new direction.
4). Write down multiple options and sleep on them.
When we live with a good question even for 24 hours our n mind seeks a solution. Often by coming back the next days and asking these questions you’ll see what you couldn’t see the day before. What am I missing? What else? How would a genius arrive at the optimum choice?
5). Decide on the day and time that you will commit to one option.
It’s not decision- making that bothers you and causes distress but the lack of making decisions. All unmade decisions eat away at your sense of self-respect and drain your energy. By setting a firm decision date and following through, you will make the decisions and increase your feeling of competency.
ANY decision that you can see in hindsight was there and available for you to see in foresight and you’ll increase the probability of seeing it by expanding your options to at least five viable options before you make the decision.
Actively use these secrets to increase the probability of making the right decision for you, the first time.
But also know this. Making decision-making mistakes is a normal part of the self-actualization process, the business building process and yes of the career decision process.
It’s actually valuable to recognize our mistakes. Without mistakes we would have nothing from which to adjust and make follow-up decisions. It really is all good and by deciding and acting frequently you’ll get better and better at doing what’s right for you.