Do you find yourself spending too much time pondering and not enough time getting things done? Overthinking is common, especially when making decisions. Overthinking wastes time and lowers your confidence.
The most successful people make decisions quickly and stick with them. The less successful take too long to decide and quickly change their mind afterwards.
You might think that you’re being responsible and cautious by taking your time to decide, but you’re shooting yourself in the foot. There’s no evidence to suggest that ruminating excessively on a decision results in a better outcome.
Make up your mind and get on with your life:
the advantages and disadvantages. Write them down. There’s something magical about taking pen
to paper when making decisions. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a better
idea of the right direction to take.
aware of your core values.
Decisions are more quickly and easily made when you know your core values. When
you consider a choice, test it against your core values. Often, these choices aren’t the easiest, but are in your best
that you can always change your mind. There are few, if any, decisions you must stick with until
your funeral. Just knowing that you can change your mind later can give you the
comfort needed to decide. It’s not possible to predict the future with 100%
4. Avoid paralysis by analysis. Overanalyzing doesn’t lead to better results. It leads to inactivity and confusion. The Special Forces have a rule that you only need to be 70% certain to act. You might not be in the military, but the same general concept applies.
· Often, the window of opportunity closes before the last 30% of the information can be gathered.
both short-term and long-term. Ideally, an option exists that satisfies both criteria. Ask
yourself if you’ll be happy with your decision in 15 minutes and in 15 years. Any decision that meets both requirements is
a great decision.
that overthink often have the luxury of too much free time. Busy people make
decisions quicker because they don’t have the time to brood over every
decision. Be more active in general. You’ll find it easier to make decisions in
a timely fashion. Exercise is one way to stay busy. You don’t overthink when
your body is tired.
your experience to your advantage. You’ve made plenty of poor choices over the years. It would
be a shame to allow them to go to waste. Consider whether you’ve been in a
similar situation in the past. You might gain some great insight.
a timer to make decisions.
Most decisions don’t require weeks, or even days, to make. A couple of hours is
more than sufficient most the time. Use a timer and put some focus on the
issue. When you hear the alarm, it’s time to decide. A timer is an effective way to narrow your focus.
9. A good decision now beats a great decision later. What are you waiting for? Success is more about making decent decisions and working hard than it is about making awesome decisions. Avoid overestimating the value of perfection and underestimating the value of activity.
Avoid overanalyzing every little decision. You’re limiting your results in life if you spend too much time making decisions. Be clear on your values and consider using a timer. You don’t make better decisions by overthinking them. You just waste time. Use that time to execute your decisions. You’ll be more successful.