Decision Making Shouldn’t Be Overthought

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Thoughtful deliberation is an essential leadership quality that can help you in the decision making process and produce better outcomes. However, it can also devolve into overthinking, which can be paralyzing. Here are three ways to avoid a thought spiral that can slow you down:

  • Curb your perfectionism. Perfectionism is one of the biggest blockers to swift decision-making. It operates on faulty all-or-nothing thinking. Ask yourself questions like: What’s one thing I could do today to bring me closer to my goal? Or what’s the next step based on the information I have right now?
  • Pay attention to your intuition. When it comes to difficult decisions, your gut reaction is often an important data point. As Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book, “Blink,” you are gathering more information on a subconscious level that you realize. This guides your instincts. Research shows that pairing intuition with analytical thinking helps you make better, faster, and more accurate decisions and gives you more confidence in your choices than relying on intellect alone.
  • Construct creative constraints. Determine a date or time by which you’ll make a choice. Put it in your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, or even contact the person who’s waiting for your decision and let them know when they can expect to hear from you.

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