Making the right decision at the right time is pretty important to your development and progression, in life and in your career. That being said, the most important thing to remember is that when it comes time to make a major (potentially life/career changing) decision, DON’T PANIC!
Don’t let yourself get stuck in a mental loop that results in increasing indecision and angst. Because ‘you end up in a most useless place, The Waiting Place…for a train to go, or a bus to come, or the phone to ring, or for a Yes or No, for your Uncle Jake or a Better Break’. To take the Seuss out of that, ‘the worst decision you can make is not making one at all’.
So how do you make the decision and know it’s the right one for you?
- Make sure you really understand = When it comes to your next hard choice (e.g. a relationship, business opportunity, chance to play a new sport or trying a new hobby) be proactive in understanding it. Research as much as you can to remove any preconceived ideas and ensure you have a clear understanding of what the next steps would be/how life would look beyond the decision.
- Do your due diligence and balance the Pros and Cons = This helps you consider is this job, home, person, hobby really the right fit for you and are you making the most informed decision you can.
- Speak with a Mentor or someone who has experience with this already = When seeking advice in life/our careers it’s really important to speak with people who have experiences similar to yours or who are living the life you want to be living. This ensures their advice actually suits your situation.
- Remember your WHY = The golden rule (in our opinion) for decision making, always come back to your purpose, what drives you, what brings you joy; your why. Does this decision align?
All of that being said, sometimes you will still feel like your decision-making skills closely resemble that of a squirrel when crossing the street. Or that any decision you make is bound by an immovable uncompromising time crunch.
Remember you are smart. That desperation to select the one true and right pathway that will set you up for your goals or career progression is often based on FOMO (that anxiety causing little gremlin also known as Fear Of Missing Out).
If there are two (or five) pathways you want to experience; remember you’ve got another 50+ years to try them all. There’s no point in feeling tied down forever at this moment in time.
Pat Lucas and Aynsley Johnson are LASA Next Gen Ambassadors.
Pat is an Innovation and Insights Specialist at IRT Group.
Aynsley is a Community services Manager at Bernie Brae.