How To Motivate Yourself To Make Decisions Quickly

January 16, 2024

life hacksBy Keith A. Shaw

An inherent weakness that we all have, in both our personal and career lives, is S-L-O-W decision making. You know you need to do something, but for unknown reasons, you procrastinate. Maybe it is less painful not to do something than it is to do it. Perhaps it is like a menu in a restaurant with too many choices and you can not decide on what to select. Perhaps you are afraid of hearing the word “no”, and so you never do what needs to be accomplished.

Whatever the reason, the facts show that people fail because of the lack of deciding to do something, WHEN it should be done. Those that are most successful in any endeavor are those who are quick to grasp opportunities by making quick decisions.

I once worked with a man I will call “Ted”, who was always late for EVERYTHING — work, meetings, deadlines for presentations and of course, making decisions. I even joked with him that he would be late for his own funeral. And here is the ironic part — “Ted” set his watch 15 minutes ahead to make sure that he was on time, and he WAS STILL CONSISTENTLY LATE!

Build the skill of deciding quickly one way or the other, even at the risk of deciding wrong. You can always change your mind. Plus, if you find that you did make the wrong decision, you get the added benefit of knowing what does not work. Just do it quickly, and make the necessary changes when you know you are off course. Practice this for a week or two and you will notice an improvement in your ability to make decisions quickly.

So, here are some special and very simple exercises for you to train yourself. For the next week, I want you to do to develop your skill in making quicker decisions in your daily affairs. Set your alarm clock for the time you wish to get up and arise at exactly that fixed time — do not hit the snooze button! Also, anything that you should accomplish, do on time, or better yet, ahead of time. Show up for a meeting, a date or lunch appointment on time, or better 5-10 minutes early. By making quick decisions on the little things you will acquire the ability and confidence to make quick decisions on bigger, more important things. Never, never, never procrastinate.

Author’s Bio

Keith A. Shaw, President of is an authority on motivation, self improvement, success, health and wellness. Keith is the author and creator of “The Power Of Thought”, “The Power Of Serenity And Peace” and “The Power Of Concentration” Success Systems that have helped people achieve more than they ever dreamed possible. He also created “The Power Of Qigong” DVDs and books for improving health, wellness, energy, mind power and more.

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