Thoughts on success: The fear behind decision-making

Many times, we refuse to take risks because we fear the process of making a decision. The fear, though, in my experience, is usually because of the uncertainty of consequences. You may fear starting a business because you are uncertain of the responsibility that comes with its success or lack thereof. The critical point to understand is that without making a decision, you cannot make changes. Everything in life requires a decision, from what you will have for breakfast to how you will bring in an income. And without making these decisions, you can’t grow. Another fear behind decision-making is the idea of us making mistakes. As human beings, we strive to ensure we do things the right way, and the ego finds it difficult to process the embarrassment when we make mistakes. Mistakes are also a part of life, and that’s how we gain experience to learn. Here are some steps to overcome the fear of making decisions.


Understand that deciding your professional life is empowering. It brings you one step closer to living the life you want.

Practice making decisions daily, no matter how big or small. This will help build your confidence.

Take compatible actions after you have made a decision and focus on getting the result you want.

Use daily affirmations as a reminder of how empowering it is that you can make your own decisions. This will also work on reprogramming your subconscious to ground you firmly in your values.

Don’t worry about making mistakes, and reassure yourself that you have made a decision with careful consideration and should any mistakes occur, you can rectify them and move forward.

Work on identifying and detaching from your ego. Find the root of your fear.

Motivate yourself by focusing on the bigger picture. Imagine you’ve made a decision that could change your life for the better.

Until next time.

~J

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