9 Quick Tips To Faster Decisions

Lukas Schwekendiek
2 min readJul 6, 2022
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  1. Don’t Ask For Permission — If you are the person in charge you do not have the right to ask for permission. You have to make the choice and by asking for permission you make everyone else nervous and responsible when you should be.
  2. Stick To Your Decision — When you chose to do something, stick with it. This is the choice you made and you need to commit to it. Do not waver on the decisions you made or you will only give it half of what you got.
  3. Take Responsibility For The Consequences Of Your Choices — You will make wrong calls from time to time, but if you do not own up to those calls you will also not own up to the victories along the way. Own up to your failures so you can own up to your successes.
  4. Set A Time Limit — You have already made a choice on most decisions you need to make. It usually takes less than 10 seconds for you to make a choice, it is just that you do not want to own that choice. Set a time limit for any decision and remember that if you truly sat down to think about it, you would not need more than an hour for any decision.
  5. Be Willing To Fail — When you are willing to make a wrong choice you give yourself the courage to take the option you know is best. There is never a perfect choice.
  6. Move On — If you can, make a choice and move on to better things. This way you will minimize the amount of possible consequences, not because you minimize the negative things that can happen but because you maximize the opportunities for positives.
  7. Make More Choices — Practice makes perfect. Decision-making is no exception to that. Make more choices, take charge more often and you will learn more about yourself and those around you.
  8. Exit Your Comfort Zone Regularly — Do this behind the scenes to build your resilience for discomfort.
  9. Know The Bigger Picture — When you know what you value, what you are living for, what your purpose is or what the bigger picture to this situation is, it makes it a lot easier to make a choice. Often we do not know the intention of our choices and make one that sounds the best, but not the one that has the objective best chance to lead us to where we want to go.
Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.