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How to Stop Second-Guessing Yourself

By Amanda Sides on Jun 11, 2016

When we're first starting out in business (and, truthfully, at random stages throughout our lives) it's easy to wonder if we're on the right track. It often feels like we're fumbling, and we might even think we're merely "getting lucky" when something goes right.

False! Things go right because you're a capable, competent person. There's no reason to second-guess yourself and your decisions, and this is how to stop doing that:

Put it in perspective.

What impact is this really going to have on your business? Sometimes we spend too much time waffling over decisions whose outcomes won't matter tomorrow, let alone in a year.

Practice making simple, low-risk decisions, like what to wear or eat, quickly and with confidence.

Remember you can probably change your mind.

So, you print the blue flyer and regret it. You can still print it in purple. Most of the decisions you make about your business will have an "undo" or "redo" button. True, it might cost you time and money, but it's good to know you can go back and make a new choice if you really need to.

You can never be 100% sure.

There are so many variables concerning the outcome of any decision, and it's impossible to be aware of them all. You might not be able to collect all the information, or ask all your family and friends what they would do. That's okay. If you keep searching for more support to back up your choice, you'll be searching forever and never get anything done.

Indecision is paralyzing.

If you're stuck making a decision, you're stuck. You can't move forward until you choose and take action.

It's hard to ruin your life.

Very few decisions are truly life-destroying. If you've got a good enough attitude, none of them are. Chances are, you've probably had some in your life that you thought would mean absolute devastation...but they didn't. You are capable of so much, and that includes overcoming any setbacks you might face.


Do you struggle with decision-making? How you keep yourself from second-guessing your choices?

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