Dealing with ‘Comfort Zone’ aka ‘Inertia’ in complicated decision making.

All of us make decisions everyday and are rather good at it. However, when the parameters get a little twisted, most of us get confused, procrastinate, get worried or stressed, find alibis, etc . Bottom line is most of us "chicken out" when it comes to taking a tough stand! So what should we do to simplify taking a complicated decision?

The truth is that we can usually make these decisions without a list of pros and cons, or giving them too much thought. The trick is to:

  • apply some of your gut instincts that you use in your daily
  • constantly work on creating an environment where your decisions are not sabotaged because of liabilities elsewhere

You know what's best for you and your family and your work life, and once you start to trust that, you will make better decisions faster.

Here are few ideas that has helped me in simplifying my decision making algorithm.

1.       Be debt free

Money will play into most of the choices you make. If you don't have debt, you can put less emphasis on the financial element of your decision.

2.       Don't ask everyone about what you should do.

If you ask 5 people to give you their opinion, you will get 5 different answers. That input will lead to second guessing and confusion. Consult the people who will be directly affected by your decision and let everyone else know what you've decided, with confidence.

3.       Pros / Cons dilemma

What is the best thing and worst thing about each choice? Is the best thing worth putting up with the worst things? Write it down. Look at it constantly. DO NOT play the memory game by weighing the Pros / Cons in your mind…JOT IT DOWN!

4.       The Blink Moment!

You may take time to actually make your decision, but when presented with the choice, your gut / heart / intuition or whatever it is that speaks to you, will give you an immediate answer. Write it down. That written answer could be the tie breaker. It is like the first kiss… in most cases the best one!

5.       Be grateful for the opportunity

If you see your options as a burden instead of an opportunity, you may not choose wisely. Once you realize how fortunate you are to have the choice put in front of you, you can act accordingly. Most people do not get choices. They do whatever life throws at them.

6.       Consider the escape clause.

What happens if you back out? Recognizing that something is reversible, makes it easier to take the leap. 

7.       Chill.

Chances are, this one choice you make is not going to save or ruin the world. Let cut the drama and consider the facts. Trust yourself. If you can't make a choice, go back to #4. Go with the Blink choice.

8.       Consider option C.

Often we put ourselves in a position of choosing A or B. Don't be afraid to create C. Things are not always either/or. At times, you may be capable of creating option ‘C’ where a whole new world awaits you!

9.       Do a repeat.

Remember how you made your last great decision and do that again.

10.   Believe

Once you make your choice, believe in it. Know that you made the right decision for that moment and move forward. Let go of the what-ifs and make the best of your new opportunity. There is a lean period in most tough decision-making – most of us come out of it stronger. Learn to dive and survive. The leap is worst the thrill.

2 Replies to “Dealing with ‘Comfort Zone’ aka ‘Inertia’ in complicated decision making.”

  1. Good words and well put Amit.
    The decisions that we make – make the life we live. Tough decisions are part of interesting turns in life – the more such decisions you have made (instead of procrastnating) the more you have lived. Retaining your belief in yourself through these events is central to keeping you on the track that you were born to tread.
    Keep walking!

  2. There could perhaps be an option no 11: "Sleep over it". I have found that the choice is very clear when I wake up after a good night's rest!

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