This Is How To Confidently Make the Best Future Decisions

By Stacy Brookman, Women’s Leadership Coach.

Do you find it difficult to make confident decisions? Perhaps you feel stuck and are unsure of which path to take in life. Making important decisions can be overwhelming, especially when you consider the impact they can have on your future. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

In this article, I’ll guide you through a step-by-step process to help you make the best decisions for your future confidently. The best part? You won’t have to deal with unwanted emotions like procrastination, indecision, angst, and regret. By following this guide, you will be able to stay true to yourself and choose the path that is right for you.

Decision-Making Must Bring Confidence:

Why is the ability to make confident decisions important? Well, it’s simple. When you make decisions confidently, you take control of your life, free from the influence of external pressures. You become the architect of your own destiny, making choices that align with your values and goals. Additionally, making decisions confidently enables you to live an authentic life without regrets.

To make confident decisions, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your own desires, values, and goals. 

Create a Decision Model:

The first step in this process is to think about the decision in front of you and do a brain-dump of all the thoughts surrounding it. Choose the most significant thought and create a thought-model around it. Meaning…

  • What emotion does this thought bring up?
  • What actions (or inactions) does that feeling drive?
  • What results do those actions or inactions provide?

This will help simplify the situation and enable you to understand the cause and effect of the thoughts you have about your situation.

Next, run two new models (I call them intentional models) for yourself around your decision, without judging either as good or bad. 

Start with assuming you’ve made the decision. Create one model for one possible decision (i.e., I choose to stay with this job) and one model for another possible decision (i.e., I choose to find a new job). This time, skip to the feeling and start with that – what would you LIKE to feel from making this decision? 

Then move on to the actions you’d take if you had that feeling, and what result would occur because of those actions. Only after that can you move to your thought for each of the decisions. What thought would you need to think to produce each of those emotions?

Now that you’ve done the hard work, it’s time to make your decision. Ask yourself which intentional model works best for you. 

Consider the appeal of each option and whether one is more useful for your life than another. Identify any mindset issues you may have around believing either option and explore the worst-case scenario.

Give Yourself a Deadline:

One of the most critical aspects of making confident decisions is to give yourself a deadline and stick to it. No more procrastinating or delaying the inevitable. It’s time to take control of your life and make a decision.

Following a model for making decisions has numerous benefits. It can help you stay focused, make educated decisions, and avoid indecision or regret. Additionally, it enables you to consider your options objectively and remain focused on what you want out of life.

Making confident decisions is essential to leading a successful and fulfilling life. By following this step-by-step guide, you will be able to make the best decisions for your future confidently. So, if you’re facing tough decisions now or in the future, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity to confidently make the best decisions for your future.

By Stacy Brookman. Women leaders who want to eliminate imposter syndrome leverage Stacy and her resilience coaching to mobilize their power skills and master their seat at the table. Stacy is the founder of Real Life Resilience. If you’re ready to make confident decisions, click here to get a deep dive into the decision-making framework:

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