Decide Already!

“It does not require much strength to do things,
but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.” – Elbert Hubbard

It’s easy to do “things.” What are the things you find yourself doing before making a decision? Here are some of the most common:

  • Soliciting feedback
  • Researching the topic
  • Waiting to make a decision
  • Talking about and analyzing the decision

Of course, NONE of these things are bad on their own. Many of them are usually necessary. But, after we’ve done the research, gotten a reasonable amount of feedback, and analyzed the decision…it’s time to do the hard work of deciding!

That’s where many leaders falter. Instead of deciding, we jump back into the research-feedback-analyze cycle. The problem is it can be an endless cycle if you allow it. And that delays progress and generates frustration among your team.

We don’t need a committee to help us every time we need to make a decision. I prefer feedback or input from no more than three or four people. I seek advice from my inner circle, those who understand my vision, passion, anxieties and limitations best as well as from those the front line who have a better understanding of the situation than I do.

Gather your information, then gather your strength and make your decision.

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