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Accidental Entrepreneurs: Creative Ways to Deal With Indecision

Susan L Reid

Indecision is frustrating, debilitating, and a waste of time.

For the Accidental Entrepreneur starting up a business, indecision can make you doubt yourself, erode your confidence, and shut you down.

It's one thing to consider options in order to make an informed decision. It's quite another to vacillate so much in your decision making process that paralysis sets in. Decision Die

If you’d like to avoid this happening to you, here are five creative solutions to use when you feel paralyzed by indecision.

Five Creative Solutions to Take the "In" Out of Indecision

1. Make your own recommendations.

If you’re stuck and can't make a decision, then take on the persona of someone who can and make a recommendation to yourself. “I really think this is the best direction for you, " you advise yourself, then state your reason.

2. Flip a coin.

If you want to know where you really stand on an issue, flip a coin. Make one side of the coin one decision and the other, another. Then flip. Notice how you feel the split second after the coin lands. Do you feel relief or disappointment? If you find yourself bargaining with "best 2 out of 3," you know what you want.

3. Do a mock interview.

Ask a couple of your trusted friends and colleagues to agree to be interviewed by you. Give them the specifics (not the emotions), of the situation and ask them what they would do and why. Not what they would do if they were you. Listen to what they have to say. No rebuttal.

4. Ask your subconscious a question.

Put a pad of paper and a pen on your night table before you go to bed. Then, right before you drift off into sleep, ask your subconscious for an answer to your dilemma. Record your dreams or insights upon waking.

5. If you took other people's opinions out of the equation, what would you do?

Frequently, it's worrying about what other people will think that makes us indecisive. In order to counter this, take their opinion out of the equation. What decision would you make? Whether you make it or not, you now know why you're stuck.

No matter where you are in the start-up process, chances are you’ve experienced the pain of indecision. The kind of indecision that shuts you down and keeps you spinning in your tracks. The good news is that now you have five creative solutions to help you deal with indecision.

Five ways to get you back on track and moving forward with your new business start up.

Copyright ©2008 by Susan L. Reid, DMA

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Copyright ©2008 by Susan L. Reid, DMA

Dr. Susan L. Reid is a business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women starting up businesses, and is the award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Journey to Business Success. If you are ready to take the first steps in owning your business, then get instant access to your own free PDF copy of “Doing What You Love: Multiple Streams of Passion” at http://www.SuccessfulSmallBizOwners.com 



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