What is The Difficult Part With Difficult Decisions? The Deciding Bit Or The Communicating Bit? Part 1

We often find ourselves at crossroads, in life and at work, facing tough decisions that demand courage, clarity, and conviction. Whether it's about career choices, relationships, or personal dilemmas, making tough decisions can be daunting. But what adds another layer of complexity to this already intricate process? Is it the act of deciding itself, or is it the subsequent challenge of communicating our decisions to those that will be impacted by these decisions? There are two challenges or struggles in it; one internal and one external.

Let's take a closer look.

Deciding: The Inner Struggle

The journey of making tough decisions begins within ourselves. It's a battle waged in the depths of our minds, where conflicting thoughts, emotions, and rationalizations clash. Deciding isn't merely about weighing pros and cons; it's about confronting our fears, acknowledging our vulnerabilities, and embracing uncertainty.

What makes deciding tough?

Fear of Regret: The fear of making the wrong choice often paralyzes us. We grapple with hypothetical scenarios, envisioning regretful outcomes, and fearing the repercussions of our decisions.

Emotional Attachments: Our decisions are often intertwined with our emotions. Whether it's letting go of a familiar but toxic relationship or taking a leap of faith in our careers, emotions can cloud our judgment and make it harder to see the path ahead clearly. We touched on the sense of detachment in the last blog series.

Complexity and Ambiguity: Some decisions come with a myriad of factors to consider, each pulling us in different directions. The ambiguity surrounding the consequences of our choices can leave us feeling overwhelmed and indecisive.

Communicating: The External Challenge

Once we've mustered the courage to make a tough decision, another hurdle awaits us – communicating it to others. Whether it's breaking the news to loved ones, colleagues, or friends, conveying our decisions effectively requires tact, empathy, and resilience.