#52: Make them decide

Every now and then people just get stuck. Struggle with making decisions. Unable to do the choices needed. Small ones. Basic ones. Day-to-day decisions like which outfit to wear today. Or tough decisions with an unhappy private situation. Or in business. An opportunity which needs choices to be made quickly. A project which requires some hard decisions. But people often just get stuck. Are confused. Unsure. Perplex.

In such situation – as a friend and / or consultant – you should help people to move on. Therefore rule #52: make them decide.

When people in those settings are confused, unsure or lost in space: Show them the choices. Give them 2 or 3 concrete options to decide on. Explain the choices they have. Make it easy for them to decide and even more important – rule #52 – make them decide.

“When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.” – William James

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