How to make big decisions with confidence
When you’re the boss, you are expected to make big decisions. Unfortunately, it’s very possible to reach the pinnacle of your career without having to make big decisions on your own. If you are facing such a task for the first time, it’s important that you keep these five tips in mind about how leaders make big decisions with confidence.
1. Reverse your role
If you want to act with confidence, take a moment to look at things from the bottom. Think about how you receive news of change when others give it to you. Do you immediately question them? Do you doubt their every move? If you are like most people, you probably don’t. The people to whom you announce your big decisions likely feel the same way about the things you do. If you can remember how people actually react to major decisions, you can be more confident in delivering the news.
2. Own your decisions
A huge part of confidence is based on the way you carry yourself. If you want to make a big decision with confidence, you have to own the fact that the buck stops with you. You are the be-all and end-all when it comes to these decisions, and it’s perfectly natural for you to take pride in that fact. This doesn’t make you infallible, of course, but it does mean that you can trust yourself with the responsibility that you already have. Allow yourself to own your decisions and you’ll feel more confident when you carry them out.
3. Act on facts
One of the best confidence boosters is knowing that you are right. Before you embark on a major change, make sure you do a little bit of homework. If you work for a company like ACN, for example, you’ll want to do your research on the company’s prior ventures in your areas of exploration. Taking the time to look at cold, hard facts is a good way to remind yourself that you are right – and an even better to way to remember that your decision comes from a place of proper education and expertise.
4. Allow input
Sometimes, it’s a good idea to allow others to buy into your idea. If you’re confident in your own abilities, there’s nothing wrong with allowing others to gain some input. Allowing people to question you might seem like it can undermine your confidence, but it actually builds the perception that you know what you are doing. Allowing input – carefully controlled, of course – allows those who work for you to see that you care about what’s going on enough to put your ego aside. Taking input from others can build up your confidence because it allows you to allow others to work through your processes and come up with similar solutions.
5. Don’t be afraid to fail
Finally, take some time before you announce your decision to think about worst-case scenarios. Realistically, what can happen when you fail? What will you do if the worst comes to pass? Once you have a game plan in place, you can realize that failure probably won’t doom your career or your company. Acting with the knowledge of being about to salvage any situation can give you more confidence when your choices involve taking major risks. Failure is a part of life – and how you manage it will directly impact how confident you seem to others.
Confidence requires practice, effort, and a willingness to take risks. Make intelligent decisions, own your successes and your failures, and don’t be afraid to seek support. If you can do all that, you can move forward with any major decision confidently.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.