How Making Quick Decisions Helps Your Career Flourish


If we were to list all the factors that make successful professionals, at the top of the list would be the way they approach decision-making.

Yes, making important decisions can be stressful — but they have to be made. Making the best decision in the shortest time possible is essential if you want to get ahead and stay ahead in your career.

How do successful professionals do it?

Here are 5 secrets that you can easily adopt and make part of your own day-to-day life.

1. Know your industry inside-out

This means being up to date on the latest trends and changes and what others are up to. It means knowing the strengths and weaknesses in your profession and of your colleagues.

It is this information that can guide you towards making a more timely and effective decision.

2. Focus on Outcomes

You should always ask yourself questions such as, how will this decision affect return on investment? How will it affect other professionals? How will it affect stakeholders and the community? These are examples of the outcomes you should weigh up and assess.

3. Set a time frame and commit to it

Putting yourself under this kind of pressure will be difficult at first, but as you continue to work within a limited timeframe, you will learn to quickly set priorities and goals, determine relevant outcomes, and get to the heart of the decision. This is also the best way to learn how to focus on what really matters and avoid irrelevant details.

4. Have a contingency plan

When a decision can’t be reversed, however, taking a few minutes to lay down a contingency plan is a must. This plan should include steps to cut losses and remedy the situation if the outcome is not what was expected.

Not only is this just plain good sense, but it gives you the confidence to proceed with important decisions because you have something to fall back on.

5. Stay in shape

Also make it a point to always free up time for fun and relaxation.


Learn from these five secrets of effective decision-makers to help your career flourish — and help yourself make the best decisions you can with no stress or anxiety.

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