How to Make a Decision (Part 1)

Years ago, I had a friend ask me at dinner: “You’ve only been sitting for 2 minutes, and you already chose your meal. WTF! How?”

It was late. I was tired and hungry. We had just wrapped up a full day of training at a dance festival. I had no energy to waste.

“Simple,” I told her, “I just picked the first thing that looked delicious. And voila.”

“I wish I could do that,” she murmured under her breath as she stared at the menu.

“Sure you can. Just choose. It’s all good food, that’s why we chose this place. It’s not worth all the energy to THINK about it. There’s no need to make it complicated, and there’s not a better choice.”

“Nope, can’t do it.”

“Do you have it narrowed down to least a few options?”

“Yes, right here.” She then points to the menu in 3 spots.

“Alrighty. Ready?”

I closed my eyes, circled my finger around the menu, then slammed it down.

She shouted,” I guess that’s what I’m eating tonight!”

To my surprise, she ordered exactly what my finger picked. Now I was a little nervous. She was a bit high-strung and very particular about things.

So I asked, “How was it?”

“It was so amazing, thank you. I’ll try to be more decisive in the future.”

I’ve found that she is normal. People spend way too much time thinking, pondering, researching, strategizing, and putting off decisions. Most of the time, it’s not even worth the energy, like at this dinner.

Often, we’ve done the research and narrowed it down to 2-3 options. Sometimes it’s a simple yes/no scenario.

Stop “thinking.” Make a choice already.

Inny, minny, miney, moe that mofo! Take the next step. Or flip a damn coin.