Making The Right Decision
Updated: Jan 3
There really is no such thing as making the right decision.
I could easily argue that there is a right and wrong way to conduct yourself in the world – but when it comes to the decisions you make, then a different dynamic applies.
But first, it’s important to make a distinction between a choice and a decision.
Choices tend to work when you have a myriad of options, decisions tend to apply when those options are narrowed down to two or three and you need to make some kind of commitment.
In that sense, there are no right and wrong decisions, there are just decisions.
Trying to pre-empt the right decision is almost futile.
Sure you can use your logic, your reason, past experiences, assess all the risks to try minimise any negative consequences – and although this may increase the likelihood that you’ll achieve your intended outcome, its certainly not a guarantee of it.
So what then do you do about that?
In my estimation you’ve really only got two options.
The first entails assessing the infinite number of variables to try and draw some conclusions about what the right decision is or should be.
The second is drawing on your remaining options and then merely making a decision, any decision, and then working to make it the right one.
You could almost just flip a coin.
But your decision at that point becomes a commitment.
A commitment on your part to do the best you possibly can, using all your experience, skills and resources to make it work.
This also increases your likelihood of success, but it requires some work.
And if things don’t work out, then you back track a little, re-assess and go again - trust that it's a process and that you'll be able to figure it out.
I tend to find that people often procrastinate over making decisions, not so much because they want to make the right one – that’s often just the story they tell themselves.
But more so because of some underlying fears.
A fear of commitment or a fear of the possible consequences.
This fear is usually linked to some kind of uncertainty – uncertainty about your self and uncertainty about the terrain you’re about to navigate.
So if you can deal with facing your fears and get clear about who you are, what you stand for and what’s fundamentally important to you - that will go a long way to propelling you forward.