The One Thing That Will Get You Ahead
People that are decisive get ahead. It’s really that simple. They don’t wait to know enough, or be enough, or get enough people to agree with them before they act. Instead they have the ability to look at any situation and quickly assess the relevant information and the levers to pull that do the heavy lifting. They see, consider consequences, and then do (hopefully in an ethical manner) what needs to be done to move forward.
Like most strengths this ability is both innate and acquired. We can learn to be more decisive by applying the same formula. What is the decision that needs to be made and what is the relevant information? What is the consequence of each choice–or of not making a choice at all? If we keep our self-doubt at bay, it’s fairly easy to see the best direction, prepare for the outcome, and act.
Keep in mind decisiveness is not impulsive or reactionary. It is the process of making a calculated decision based on a set of possibilities. It requires clarity of thought, the courage to act, and the where-with-all to follow though. We all have the ability. Practice makes it more comfortable.