You’re facing a big decision. You feel like you’ve decided. Suddenly you have some second thoughts. Is this a bad sign?
Some people suggest that there are always second thoughts about the marriage, if not by the couple, by the onlookers.
It is also true for the home buyer, the new car purchase, or while you wait after ordering from the menu.
People often view second thoughts as the beginning of a wrong decision. What if second thoughts are merely part of the process?
You can analyze many different angles about second thoughts. You can bring confidence into the equation and with that comes past experiences or even ignorance. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know.
Have you agonized enough? Thought it through, over and over again? Listed the pros and cons, yet still feel uncertainty?
Making the best choice often comes down to belief. Do you belief in the path in front of you? For employee teams, do they believe?
One of the greatest challenges of leadership is to develop a belief in the followers. It is not trying to develop a belief in the leader, it is about trying to develop a belief in the follower. Big difference.
Things will always change. A decision to leave your home without an umbrella can turn out the wrong way later within the same day.
When you make decisions in the present, or for the future, you’ve made the best decision you can make.
At that time, at the exact moment, it often is the right decision. Sometimes later, after things have changed, it is easy to suggest it was a poor decision.
Second thoughts shouldn’t always occur. They also shouldn’t always be dismissed.
Second thoughts are often a test that you’re still on the right path.
In life and in business every day is a fluid experience. Things ebb and flow.
Maybe it really means that you’re heading in the right direction.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.