Are you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by the countless decisions you need to make at this career crossroads? You’re not alone!
I make almost 20,000 decision a day! (which means you do, too!)
Some are small like should I have my 4th cup of coffee or switch to tea. While others are bigger and seem to carry more weight – like should I go for that job offer or launch a new course? And what I have noticed is that sometimes, the bigger the decision or the more impact I think it will have, the more research I end up doing. I get paralyzed by thinking that maybe there is a different way to grow my business or make a bigger impact. It was the same paralysis that I felt when I was trying to decide if I should leave my company for a new opportunity or stay and keep growing on my current path. I fell into this need to research all the options so that my next move what the “right” one and I couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for or to make a decision about anything. And although not choosing is a choice, I couldn’t even get there. I was stuck in a bog, deep in the mud.
But what I didn’t understand was that my ability to make any decision is impacted by all the other decisions I made before I tried to tackle the big one. I don’t know about you but I left my career development and research to the end of the day, when I was tired and exhausted by work that drained my energy. There was no way I had the capacity to tap into my own resources I needed to make a move in my career, because I couldn’t access my brain, my heart, or my gut.
Understanding Decision Fatigue
Before diving into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a moment to understand what decision fatigue really is. It’s that mental exhaustion that creeps in when you’re faced with an endless stream of choices. And trust me, it can feel like your brain is doing a marathon while juggling flaming torches!
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Tip 1: Prioritize and Simplify
When you’re at a career crossroads, it’s crucial to prioritize your decisions. Start by identifying the ones that truly matter and focus your energy on those. Remember, you don’t need to have it all figured out in one day!
Tip 2: Delegate and Seek Support
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Delegate tasks that don’t require your immediate attention and seek support from mentors, friends, or career coaches. Having a fresh perspective can work wonders in alleviating decision fatigue.
Identifying When You’re Stuck
Tip 3: Listen to Your Gut Feeling
Sometimes, our intuition knows best. If you find yourself going back and forth without making any progress, take a step back and listen to your gut feeling. It might just be trying to guide you towards the right path.
Tip 4: Take Breaks and Reflect
Decision-making is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Take regular breaks to recharge and reflect on your choices. Stepping away from the decision-making process can provide you with clarity and a fresh outlook.
Embracing the Fear and Leaning In
Tip 5: Embrace the Unknown
Fear often holds us back from making decisions, especially when it comes to our careers. Embrace the unknown and see it as an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. Remember, some of the best things in life happen outside of our comfort zones!
Tip 6: Challenge Your Limiting Beliefs
Our mindset plays a significant role in decision-making. Challenge those limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck. Replace them with empowering thoughts and watch how it transforms your decision-making process.
Decision fatigue can be overwhelming, especially when at a career crossroads. It’s important to set yourself up for success by prioritizing and simplifying your decisions, as well as seeking support and delegating tasks. Identifying when you’re stuck and listening to your gut feeling can provide valuable insights, and taking breaks to reflect is crucial. Embracing the fear and leaning into the unknown can lead to growth and self-discovery. Finally, challenge your limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering thoughts to transform your decision-making process.
If you’re feeling stuck and need career coaching support, don’t hesitate to reach out! Together, we can navigate decision fatigue and help you make confident choices for your career.
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