What should you do when you just don’t know what to do? Even the strongest, most decisive people will face a problem that leaves them at a loss for how to move forward. If you find yourself in that situation, executivecoach Lolly Daskal recommends the following:
Stop worrying. You can’t control everything, and sometimes you will fail, but don’t let fear of failure paralyze you. Do the best you can with what you have in front of you; and above all else, try to stay positive.
Turn to people you trust. Reach out to co-workers, mentors, family and friends, and ask for their advice. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. You can’t be perfect at everything, all the time, and the people who care about you will want to help you succeed.
Take a chance. You can plan, investigate and deliberate until the cows come home, and still fail. Sometimes you just have to take a big, bold risk and go for it.
Go with your gut. When all else fails, trust your own intuition to know what’s best.
— Adapted from “What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do,” Lolly Daskal, www.lollydaskal.com.