Stop Second-Guessing Your Decisions


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Do you find yourself revisiting every decision you make, agonizing over whether it really was the right one?

While everyone has doubts, second-guessing yourself too often can affect your leadership— and the perception of your leadership among other people.

o If you aren’t initially feeling confident about a chosen path, don’t discount where your intuition has led you.

o Try keeping a journal of recent decisions. Hopefully, you’ll find that your intuition has led you in the right direction over time and that even when you made mistakes, they were easily corrected.

o Another powerful way to stop questioning a decision in the moment is to make a plan to formally review it at a later date. It could be in a few weeks, or a few months — whatever feels appropriate. Add a reminder to your calendar and follow through.

Adapted from “Stop Second-Guessing Your Decisions at Work” by Carolyn O’Hara

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