May 4, 2023
The truth about decision-making:
It’s less important what you decide than it is that you decide.
As a leader, you're no stranger to making tough choices. But sometimes, the fear of making a mistake can be paralyzing. You might find yourself stuck in analysis paralysis, endlessly weighing the pros and cons of a decision without ever actually making one.
Indecision has no value – it's the silent killer of progress. While you're busy debating which path to take, your competitors are out there taking action, learning from their mistakes, and moving forward.
Poor decisions lead to valuable learning experiences. It’s a necessary step on the path toward success. From a systems and operations perspective, it's often through trial and error that we discover the most effective ways to streamline operations.
Think of it this way: making a bad decision gives you a starting point, something to build upon. With each mistake, you gain insights into what works and what doesn't, allowing you to make better decisions in the future.
And the key to turning bad decisions into better ones is to adopt an iterative mindset. Once you've made a decision, analyze the results, learn from any mistakes, and course-correct as needed.
Take automation, for example. You might choose a software solution that, in hindsight, isn't the best fit for your company. Rather than wallowing in regret or indecision, use this experience to identify what's missing, and then find a better solution that addresses those shortcomings. But you can’t get there without trying, and you’ll almost never make the perfect decision from the get-go.
Indecision is the real enemy.
So, how can you start being more decisive?
- Clarify your goal: When troubled with indecision, ask yourself "what am I optimizing for?" Are you looking to maximize profits, scale your team, or increase customer satisfaction? Knowing your end goal can help you make quicker decisions that are aligned with your objectives.
- Establish a feedback loop: Create a process to regularly review and assess your decisions. This will help you recognize patterns, fine-tune your decision-making skills, and continuously improve your outcomes.
- Embrace failure as a learning opportunity: If you make a bad decision, don’t sob over it. Instead, analyze the outcome and use it as a chance to grow and improve.
While it might seem counterintuitive, embracing poor decisions is actually a powerful catalyst for growth. By making a decision – any decision – you're taking action and learning from the results. And that's what will ultimately help you and your business reach new heights.
“More is lost by indecision than wrong decision.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
Go ahead and try it:
- Clarify the goal
- Establish a feedback loop
- Embrace failure as a learning opportunity
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