How many decisions have you made today? What to have for breakfast, what to wear and what to achieve for the day. Decisions are an integral part of your life. You simply can’t escape them. They are the forces that advance your life.

For you to be truly effective in the different aspects of your life, you have to master the skill of balancing both small and big decisions.

But first, allow me to differentiate between the two.

What you deem as small decisions are essentially not small per se. What makes them come across as small or inconsequential is because they come naturally to you.

Why is that?

The reason why some of your decisions seem small is that they are drawn from frequent experiences in your life. You may have been tasked with the responsibility of making them over and over until now, they seem effortless and almost natural.

Your big decisions though are not frequent. In fact, most of them are once-in-lifetime, because they have the ability to alter the trajectory of your life. For example, deciding on a career path, moving to another country, starting a business, getting married or even quitting work.

Which brings me to the next point.

Big decisions are almost always laced with uncertainties. It’s one thing to decide what you want, but you also have to take it farther and decide how and when you will get it.

It gets complicated.

Depending on the nature of the situation, your uncertainties will almost always stem from one of these reasons:

  1. You lack sufficient information to back up your decision.

You may not have a way of accessing it, or it may be missing altogether. This lack of adequate information strips you of the confidence you need to follow-through. So you end up feeling stuck. When you are unable to move forward, this affects your peace and happiness.

2. You don’t trust the information at hand.

It could be conflicting, incorrect or outdated. When you are not sure which way to go, it can lead to doubt and procrastination. If you do not push past this, you could very easily end up frozen in time.

3. You have information overload.

In order to make a big decision, it’s only logical to gather as much information as you possibly can. However, when you have to sift through heaps of information, it presents a challenge. You now have the responsibility of choosing between what is relevant and what is noise. It can feel like going around in circles.

There’s power in making a decision — even when you’re not completely sure that it’s the right one. Jack Canfield.

There is power in making decisions and at some point, you’ve got to make a stand. This is the whole point.

Which brings me to the big question;

How do you get past the uncertainties?

  1. Apply incremental decisions.

Look, you don’t have to make big decisions at once. You really don’t. You can always start small and expand as you go along. And yes, this approach might not seem as much progress at first, but it is a very safe bet. Following this path can be beneficial in a number of ways.

For example, it can help minimize risks- which is your main goal. Also, it can give you an opportunity to learn from your successes and failures. This way, you are in a better position to make any necessary adjustments. In addition, incremental decisions can give you a level of experience which, if harnessed can form the foundation for big decisions going forward.

2. Monitor the situation closely.

While gathering the necessary information is critical prior to committing to a decision, that by itself, may not be enough precaution.

You may have to take it a little bit farther and monitor the situation closely and actively. Just to see how it plays out. You might want to start by keeping abreast of the unfolding events and circumstances.

In so doing, you not only stay informed and engaged, but it also allows you to know the right moment to make that decision.

3. Use assumptions to fill in the gaps.

This tactic may be more useful than you think.

Consider this; you have monitored the situation for quite some time. Now, look closely, do you see a trend? or a pattern of some sort? Good. Based on these trends and patterns, you can then be able to draft assumptions and predictions.

These assumptions, now become the guidelines that you can apply in your decision making. Sure, this is a risky move but if you have done your homework well, your decisions should bring forth the right outcomes.

4. Put the brakes on it. At least for a while.

I get it. You want to keep it moving and proceed to the next stage in your life in a continuous manner.

But if you find yourself bombarded by uncertainties, you might want to put the brakes on it for a while.

There are many reasons for doing this. Perhaps the timing is not right, or you are simply not ready.

Delaying your decision-making places you at an advantage by giving you an opportunity to equip yourself with more information. And that’s a good thing.

5. Prepare for the worst.

At times, there are no two ways. You just have to take the plunge. Otherwise, you risk remaining stuck for ages.

Sure, you may not be able to predict the outcome of your decisions. However, that should not deter you from preparing for the worst possible outcome.

How is this beneficial?

By doing this, you not only keep yourself from being vulnerable, but you are also able to diversify your options at the same time.

In the end, managing and navigating uncertainties during decision-making become of great importance to your life.

This is because your entire life is shaped by the cumulative decisions that you make, whether big or small.