When You’re Afraid of Making the Wrong Decision

by Rachel Miller

October 11, 2022

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When you want to do something, and you’re uncertain of the outcome, your worries can often stand in your way from making a decision: fear of making a mistake, fear of how it will look, or fear of loss.


  • Ask yourself:
    • What is really holding me back? What am I most concerned about?
    • Is this something I can control–or not?
    • Is there a real risk that requires careful consideration?
    • Is this a risk you are willing to take on? If it’s not a real threat to your safety and security, then what is the cause for concern?

  • Nothing goes as we expect, so there’s no point worrying about what might happen or could happen.
    • Recall a time when you had everything perfectly planned, and still things happen you didn’t expect.
    • No matter what you do or don’t do, it’s not going to turn out as you expect. So, why worry?
    • Whatever happens, you always figure it out and adapt in the moment.

  • Instead of the worst that can happen, ask:
    • What is the best that can happen?
    • Focus on the best to get the best out of this situation. There’s always something to gain. Find it!

  • Instead of worrying, make a plan:
    • What challenges are you likely to face? What could you do? Make a plan.
    • Once you have a plan, focus all your attention on the best possibilities that can come from this decision. What you focus on, you will expereince.
    • Choose to make this an invaluable choice, and no matter what happens, it will be.

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