Difficult Decisions Waiting to Be Made

By Ann
November 29, 2010
1 Comment

Wanting to delay a difficult decision is normal. Scarlett
O’Hara, the protagonist in Gone with the Wind, often said, “I’ll
think about that tomorrow.”

Unresolved, tough decisions drain a lot of mental energy.
They occupy valuable real estate in your mind. The time you spend
agonizing about what you know needs to be done is time you could
spend doing what needs to be done.

How much is your situation costing you now?

Money—lost or not made

Time—invested in useless worry

Relationships—undermined by unspoken differences

Anxiety—increased stress levels and impaired health

Reputation—diminished credibility and trustworthiness

Postponing difficult decisions is understandable. You
imagine dire consequences for doing something differently.
One of my clients had an under performing employee. He did
not contribute to the company’s profit, service goals or team
morale. The CEO said, "Firing him is not an option because
he will take all my customers to a competitor.” Remotely
possible but highly unlikely. Imagination at work.

Eight simple steps to make difficult decisions confidently:

1. Assess your current situation and its costs to you

2. Be clear about the ideal situation that you want

3. Identify options available to you now to create
the ideal situation

4. Keep in mind there are infinite possibilities in any situation

5. Choose the most viable option

6. Carefully examine the option for a cost benefit ratio

7. Enroll others with an objective view to help you--if you need it

8. Get to work on the option with the biggest benefit

The hallmark of a wise decision is the peace of mind you
feel once you have decided.
Even if it is a difficult one such
as firing an employee or ending a relationship, your peace of
mind indicates you are on the right track. Do you have an
unresolved tough decision that is draining your resources?
Are you willing to take the next step to resolve it?

© 2010 Ann Elliott All Rights Reserved

One comment on “Difficult Decisions Waiting to Be Made”

  1. I enjoyed your blog about decision making. What hit home is the comment "the hallmark of a wise decision is the peace of mind you
    feel once you have decided." I am learning to be more attuned to whether or not I get peace of mind after a tough decision. If I don't, I re-access; if I do, I'm free to move on.

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