When contemplating making a decision, we’re always encouraged to take our time and think through our options.

There’s no doubt that this is a good strategy. It’s important to consider the potential consequences of our choices, and ensure we are making informed decisions. You hear this advice often though because it’s legitimately beneficial; good decisions take time.

However, that’s not always the case – and sometimes, delaying a decision can actually do harm. You have to learn that sometimes the best thing is to trust your intuition.

Here are a few scenarios in which taking too long to make up your mind can ultimately do more harm than good:

  • You’re offered a great new job in a different city, but you’re not sure if you should take it. You wait so long to make the decision that the company eventually withdraws its offer.
  • When making a purchase, you consider your finances so much beforehand that when you’re finally ready to buy, the price has risen to a point that is now unaffordable.
  • You think through the potential pros and cons of a decision so much that you ultimately aren’t sure what you want, because you’ve spent so much time thinking that you can’t even remember what your original gut feeling was.

There are times in life when you are better off making quick go-with-your-gut decisions rather than going through a long, arduous decision-making process.

Making the big decisions for you

If there’s one thing you should always be confident of in life, it’s your ability to make a good decision. Ultimately, you are the one who has to deal with the consequences of your choices. Quick decisions are far more likely to result in you defaulting to your gut feeling, your base instinct, your inner intuition. This increases the chances of you making a choice that you are actually happy with.

The most thought out decision might not be the best decision in all situations.

Take the scenarios above. If you agonize over the job offer, then you are overruling your heart. While it’s good to have a solid thought process when it comes to decision making, there’s a chance that you could talk yourself out of something you truly want.

If you were asked to move for work and your first response was to request an offer on your existing home and start packing your things, you’d be doing what you actually wanted. Instead, you could end up talking yourself out of a great opportunity by delaying for too long.

The same applies to the other examples. Buying the item of clothing, that you really want when it’s on sale might be a good thing. Especially if it means that by waiting, you could run the risk of spending too much on it later or not having it at all. 

The trust factor

Quick decisions are often depicted as being careless. But as the examples we mentioned showed, this isn’t always the case. It can be equally disastrous not to make quick decisions. It’s okay to sometimes make quick spur-of-the-moment choices rather than taking yourself through a long, difficult decision-making period.

Word of caution: This does not apply to all situations. Learn to trust yourself. Get comfortable with quickly weighing your concerns while also following your intuition. Don’t be scared to trust yourself. Sometimes the most unexpected blessing comes when we’re able to respond quickly and not miss our moment.