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Making Decisions: Avoid the Hidden Traps

Posted January 13th, 2012 by Carroll King Schuller

If you find yourself feeling like you can’t act—can’t pull the trigger on an important decision—because you’re a procrastinator or you lack the ability to face the challenge, you’re probably wrong. Making good decisions is the crux of many issues for people. Sometimes they don’t even realize it.

Get real about your inaction.

What you perceive as procrastination or inability to make decisions is often just the pesky process to work through.  Should you move forward?  Is it OK to take a step and risk making a mistake?

Sometimes, making a decision is about choosing between two good options.  How about taking one for now and choosing to pick up the other later?

Sometimes, we need to skip prioritizing and just take the first step.

To leave your brain uncluttered for the big decisions, why not eliminate some of the small ones?  When you find a great detergent or kitty litter, go with it.  Knowing what you want in advance will save you lots of time in the grocery and supply store.  Coupons and lots of different options are fun and creative, but don’t waste your creative energy in the grocery store!  Just use what you love and pare down your options.  Save your brain space for big decisions.

The same advice goes for household duties, volunteer work and hobbies.  Choose your activities based on what you love and where you excel, and there will be plenty of time for fun and family.  We’re all faced with the need and want to contribute to our communities.  If you are good at finance, volunteer to be on the finance committee at a local school, library, or not-for-profit group.

Eliminate small decisions where you can, and give yourself permission to take the first step towards making the big decisions you’re confronting.

As an experienced life coach, I’ve guided many people through the decision-making process.  I’d love to talk with you about your situation.  To ask questions or make an appointment for a complementary initial session, call  or 804.869.5403.