Being realistic and self-confident are two traits of decisive individuals. Together they provide a solid foundation for the third trait — being action oriented. And in fact, the ability to act with assertion improves as self-confidence grows. Action oriented individuals work on tasks that need to be done without making excuses or procrastinating.
A set of three interrelated actions can help you to be action oriented and make decisions. First, decide whether you need to make a decision. Next, if a decision is merited, immediately set out to work on making the decision. Finally, implement the decision.
So the first step is deciding whether you need to make a decision. Some problems and opportunities don’t require action, and doing nothing in these cases is the best choice.
There are legitimate reasons not to act. For example, you may not be the right person to make the decision. In this case, you should bring the matter to whoever has the authority to act.
Another good reason to do nothing is if you have insufficient information to make an appropriate decision. On the other hand, you may have sufficient, appropriate information that indicates no action is required.
Make the Decision
If you determine that action is required, immediately set out to work on making the decision. This is the second action. Try not to make excuses, such as arguing that data collection will be tedious, or fret about potential negative consequences. It’s important that you act decisively.
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