August 21, 2023

How to deal with decision paralysis

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Sometimes we prevaricate over the smallest decisions without knowing why. We feel paralysed and the struggle with ourselves saps energy and distracts us from more important things.

In the end, decision paralysis comes down to the fear of consequences; this produces anxiety, which in turn fuels the fear. It is a downward spiral for many people.

What decision are you struggling with right now?

To drive out the fear of consequences, look at this decision from these four perspectives:

1. What would happen if I did?

2. What would happen if I did not?

3. What would not happen if I did?

4. What would not happen if I did not?

Each of these is a subtly different question and you will get great clarity around the consequences of the decision by thinking about each in turn.

Write down your answers to one question then move on to the next.

With this new clarity, consider the benefits of making the decision?

What would you gain, and what would you miss out on?

How do you feel about the decision now?

My best wishes, Paul

Paul Matthews

CEO and Founder of People Alchemy

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