making decisions

Making decisions, taking action and sticking to a plan

Are you indecisive? Do you have difficulty making decisions, remaining accountable or even sticking to a plan? When a decision needs to be made and action is needed, you may feel under pressure.

Perhaps, you may worry about the ‘what if’s’ and consequences of not making the right decisions? Alternatively, you may lack confidence and so you lack the conviction or motivation to see things through? Perhaps you have too many options and so you end up feeling confused and lost? Or, perhaps you are not clear and confident about the goals you are striving for and so you don’t have the clarity and confidence to take action?

Here are 6 coaching questions to consider if you have difficulties making decisions or even sticking to a plan.
1.Become very clear about your goals

Once you establish what it is you want (rather than what you think you should want or be doing), it is much easier to become clear and confident about your decisions and action steps moving forward.

2.Understand and address your fears and triggers

When you don’t address your root triggers and fears, it’s a bit like pulling the top of  a weed hoping the weed won’t grow back. Instead of moving forwards, you may be setting yourself up for short-lived success as the root of the issue will simply grow back in time. To really experience sustainable action, results, and success, you need to address the root of the problem so that you can move forwards.

3.Change your mindset about decision-making

‘What if I make the wrong decision?’  ‘What if I don’t like the consequences of my decision?’  ‘Will this decision come back to bite me in the future?’ ‘I’m confused and lack clarity about what to do!’

All these questions and more can prevent you from making decisions and taking action steps to move forwards. However, if you start to think of decision-making as making a choice relevant to what is right for you right within this moment and with your future goals in mind, then the fear and pressure of making ‘concrete decisions’ subsides.

Imagine a road. As you reach crossroads you need to make some decisions about which road to follow based on your situation and goals at the time. However, it is important to understand that even if it ends up being the wrong decision you will only have taken a diversion. Instead of seeing the experience as a permanent failed mistake ask yourself what lessons and experiences have you learnt? what have you gained? how has it helped to change and challenge your perspective?   You can always change your pathway. The important thing is to get started!

4. Are you setting manageable goals and action-steps?

Try not to set yourself unmanageable goals as these will only set you up for disappointment. If you set yourself SMART  goals your confidence will increase and you won’t lose direction or motivation.

 5. What are the risks of not taking action and making decisions?

Ask yourself this every time you feel you’re procrastinating. Where do you want to be in a few months or a year down the line? I’m guessing it’s not the same place. So it’s up to you to take the action!

 6. Be accountable to yourself or work with a coach

Staying accountable to yourself or working with a personal coach, career coach or executive coach can help you to with confidence, clarity and direction. They can also help you to understand where, how and why you are holding yourself back or propelling yourself forwards. You can then establish and set clear manageable goals, deadlines, positive challenges, action steps and review what is working and what needs to improve and change along the way.

Next steps 

If you are feeling stuck and lack clarity or you have problems making decisions, taking actions steps and sticking to a plan then Book your complimentary 15 minutes coaching discovery call here to find out how I can help you to move forwards with clarity, confidence and success.