The decision-making journey is a personal one; no two people start from the same place or have the same wants, needs or goals for their life. With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating mental health challenges and pushing society towards more inequality with lockdowns and vaccine protocols, the shift towards defining personal control has become even more prominent. But how do we make decisions with confidence? It’s quite common to approach decisions out of fear and for some, to avoid decision-making altogether. It’s easier to sit in a place of disbelief and procrastinate.
Looking beyond procrastination and considering every dimension of what life offers you, you can bounce back with purpose and confidence.
The decision-making journey is a personal one; no two people start from the same place or have the same wants, needs or goals for their life. With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating mental health challenges and pushing society towards more inequality with lockdowns and vaccine protocols, the shift towards defining personal control has become even more prominent.
3 Easy Ways To Make Decisions With Confidence:
Step 1 – Set Your Vision
If you’re at a fork in the road, the last thing you likely want to do is create a big vision because so much of society is faced with uncertainty. Some of us thrive under uncertainty while others don’t like that state at all. However challenging it is to be faced with uncertainty, the first step is to make a compelling vision for yourself. If you can sit down with a pen and paper, try doing some free-writing about why this vision is important to you. Personal initiatives as opposed to group initiatives are great, placing emphasis on feeling out your vision. By feeling your vision, you can have the freedom of engaging your own creative human imagination, which is a necessity in making a decision with confidence. When you’ve set your vision, your feeling can be your compass.
By setting your vision, you become more self-aware; more mindful. The more mindful you are, the better you become at catching the negativity in your life. By catching the negativity, your visioning efforts can become reactivated which help you make decisions with confidence. Oprah would say that this allows the path to become clearer.
In the end, “the next steps” aren’t going to present themselves unless you know what you want. Then you’ll have to experiment and take risks – and question what’s motivating you to change. The rest will present itself as life unfolds, but hold onto that vision with immense energy and it will manifest in due time.
Step 2 – Take Time-Out For Reflection
Along with setting your personal vision, a very important step in making decisions with confidence, is simply to take time to ponder the pros-cons of your decision. Sometimes we carry forward old ways of being that might confuse us because they just don’t fit your current life stage.
Think back a decade. What was motivating you 10 years ago that might be different from today? Of course, what was motivating you a decade ago is going to be different from today! You’re in a different life stage. Each life stage holds different priorities, different needs, different desires. In other words, the difference in moving forward with confidence today, vs a decade ago, lies in your desires as well as your ability to reflect.
We’re amidst this crazy pandemic where our sense of personal control has been highly restricted. And to move forward with confidence, you have to remember that there are things that are within your control: the way you think.
What might you not be seeing?
Just as you’ll take some time out to vision, spend some quality time on your own to truly assess why this decision is important to you today, and how it’s different today from prior life stages. Once you’ve analyzed where you’re at, make a choice to move forward with greater purpose. Question whether the past belongs with you – or is simply an old story. You might have been carrying forward an older version of yourself, out of a subconscious programming. The older version might be keeping you from making decisions with confidence.
Step 3. Create New Meaning In Making The Decision
This 3rd step to make decisions with confidence is all about managing your mindset and the meaning of your decisions. Your mindset will largely control how you view the world.
Can you shift the meaning you associate with the “next steps” in your life?
Perhaps the meaning of not knowing what comes next can be interpreted as exciting. This way you can get comfortable with uncertainty and embrace it altogether. There’s always something positive that comes out of change. At times, it takes us a while to figure that out.
Can you embrace each day as an opportunity for uncertainty/adventure? For a moment, can the daily uncertainty turn into a beautiful day filled with wonder and variety?
Can you just accept that life isn’t perfect and that you’ll make mistakes and maybe even screw up?
Just make the choice to approach the transition with a new meaning – with courage to be more in touch with a new YOU. You’re growing. But if you can define this next stage in your life with more purpose, momentum and meaning, you’ll be in a place of embracing the changes to come. And they’ll be powerful changes!
Draw some support from the people who love you the most, and those who will facilitate this change with positivity, momentum and power. Loving what is can be very challenging and outright fearful, but you can accomplish anything when you’re true to YOU. Finally, in order to really make decisions with confidence, and make the changes necessary to provide you with greater strength and stability, you need to celebrate the power of YOU – your true authentic self and the successes that you’ve had over your life. This can enable you to build more trust and faith in yourself.
These past podcast episodes might be of interest to you, related to fear.
- In Episode 24, I posed two questions that might allow you to examine your own personal blocks and fear, and the different questions you can ask yourself. I highly encourage you to listen to those because I happen to know a lot about the subject, first hand.
- In Episode 25, I expanded on that consciousness and encouraged you to spend some time in contemplation, as it relates to being more mindful of where your subconscious block, pain or fear resides.
- In Episode 26, I dove a little deeper into strategies. And even shared a special worksheet with you that was also shared in Episodes 21 & 22
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4. How Meditation Helps for Stress-Management
5. Episode 33. 5 Interesting Facts On Meditation
6. 4 Easy Steps To Build A Meditation Practice
7. Create Your Own Meditation Space – Episode 15 Satori Radio Podcast