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A key strength that we should embody is confidence in our decision-making. Too many times we allow our lives to be influence by the opinions of others. Because of this, we become easily “ping ponged” from one place to another. If you don’t have a clear vision for your life and create a path that you are confident in, your path will be decided for you by others.
I was a part of an organization that had a hard time with people saying no. It was a volunteer organization and every life decision that didn’t include them had to be approved. When I started seeing this, it didn’t set well with me. I never had to live like this and I wasn’t about to start. While I value to wisdom of those who have gone before me, at some point we must allow people to live the lives they feel God is calling them to.
When you’re confident, it’s not only easier to make decisions, it’s also easier to implement them going forward. You’re not worried or scared that you made the wrong choice. Because you know if you did make the wrong choice, you have the power to make another choice. Life is full of choices and you will be free from yourself and others when you know whether good or bad, you own the choice and will continue to move forward.
If you’re constantly second-guessing yourself, nothing gets done. Instead, get focused on implementing and making progress. That’s a great thing and not the only reason why it’s important that you become confident in your decisions. Here are a few more.
1. When You’re Confident, You Make Decisions Faster
When you have confidence in yourself and your decision-making ability, you tend to make decisions a lot faster. Since we are required to make more decisions than ever before on a daily basis, this has become an important skill. The average person in a leadership position makes close to 100 fairly important decisions a day. As mothers, we make a lot more. 🙂 That’s a lot, and the faster you can make them, the quicker your team can get to work, and you can move on to everything else in your busy day (or the next important decision).
This is also a huge part of motherhood. Just think about it. You are making more decisions based on pure instinct than anything else. And, these decision involved keeping people alive and well. I know many women who are full-time home-makings and operate as the COO/CFO of their household. They handle the operations of the home and most of the financial decisions are theirs. They have to be confident in every decision or they wouldn’t be the help mate their husbands need.
2. When You’re Confident, You Make Better Decisions
Confidence comes from experience and being well informed. It’s no wonder then that we make better decisions when we’re confident. My husband will often say that I need to know the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, and “why” before I can provide a solid yes or no. It’s true. I make the best confident decisions with the right information. I’m also less swayed by the opinions of others and don’t second guess myself.
Confidence gives us focus. We can look at the facts, weigh up potential outcomes based on experience and come up with the best objective decision.
3. When You’re Confident, Others Are More Likely To Trust In Your Choices
Last but not least, let’s talk about perception. You need others to trust in the decisions you’re making. You need a proven record. Being confident in your choices starts to establish that trust. Others won’t second guess your choice or grumble about what you’re asking them to do because they trust your judgment. Instead, they trust in you and your decision. That will help greatly when it comes time to implement your choices.
So, how confident are you in the decisions you are making daily? Do you allow others to influence your every decision? If so, has it helped your decision-making or did it hinder it? Before you move forward with your next decision, evaluate your process and evaluate you decisions and see if you can put a plan together to be more confident in your future decision-making process.