Have you ever had to make a tough decision, one that could be life changing? I'm sure we have all been there. I have recently had to make a tough decision, and if there is one thing I learned it's don't overthink or second guess your final decision. You can take your time, break it down, pull a spreadsheet, and make sure you are covered. When you come up with a decision you feel confident about, go for it! Don't second guess yourself as it will only make it more stressful and confusing. I mean, in construction we make tough decisions all the time. In fact we make decisions where if we make the wrong one, it could be a loss of thousands and thousands of dollars or worse, a major safety incident. So, I started thinking even though this is a life changing event, it's no different than some of the decisions I make at work. I asked myself, how do I make tough decisions at work?
First: Break it all down, go through: risk vs. reward, cost analysis, schedule impacts, steps, etc.
Second: Having a plan B or backup plan is essential. (even though you always plan for success and not failure).
Third: Make a decision and be willing to stick with it if you truly believe it's the right one. You will do whatever it takes to make it successful.
Why wasn't I able to do the same with my current decision? One of the things that affected my decision was all the personal factors causing changes to my original decision. In turn, led to frustration, stress and uncertainty.
So a lessons learned for me is yes, it's ok to change your mind. However, once you have decided, don't second guess yourself. Instead embrace, enjoy and run with it. The decision might not be easy, but in the end, it's your decision.
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