How to make a decision

When you don’t know how to make a decision, chances are you already know what you want. You’re confused because there are other people’s voices in your head.

Step one is to shut them all off.

Once you’ve isolated yourself from unsolicited advice, it’s time to make a decision.

What do you actually want? Not what’s “right,” but what do you want? Sometimes these things correlate. Other times they don’t.

Heads or tails? Throw a nickel. It doesn’t matter which side wins. Pay attention to the nickel once it’s in the air – you’ll naturally gravitate towards decision A or B.

And, if nothing works, make the best decision of all: don’t make a decision at all.

Yes, you have the option to procrastinate.

Most decisions have deadlines, and the solution will naturally spring by the time the clock rings. No need to sweat, push, or decide now. The best decisions I’ve made were last-minute decisions. Like in investment – there is no such thing as “too much information,” but there’s such a thing as “too late.”

When you postpone all the way to the deadline, you give yourself time to think and see whether a solution pops up on its own. It often does.

As one of my teachers said, “When in doubt, I do what I’m best at: I wait.”

I think that sums it up pretty well.