• Glin Bayley

How to make good decisions when you feel anxious

Making a good decision when you feel anxious is like trying to find a matching pair, in a drawer of odds socks.



Anxiety is what you feel, when you are feeling fearful of the future. Given the current uncertain environment, there are many leaders that will be feeling overwhelmed and anxious navigating in this uncertain time.

When you feel overwhelmed and anxious it’s important to remember that your thoughts and mind are in the future and not this present moment.

The first thing you need to do is stop, pause for a moment and take a deep breath. Pay attention to your body, feel the weight of your body on the chair and feel your feet on the ground. Get present and centre your energy.

This is a very important step - you cannot make any good decisions if you don’t first calm your nervous system and get your head clear of the fearful chatter.

Remember, leaders that aren’t decisive, are followers not leaders.

When you are feeling calm, consider the decision that you need to make and then answer the questions in the matrix below.

Consider the Impact

Make the decision

Once you’ve run your decision through the matrix above, write down the decision you have made.

Why you made the decision

Then write down why you made the decision. It’s helpful to capture your thinking process so that when you evaluate the decision in the future you can clearly understand your decision-making approach.

Good outcomes are not the same as good decisions

It’s helpful to remember that decision making is a skill and a good outcome isn’t the same as a good decision. By capturing your decision-making method, you can revisit your thinking when the outcome becomes apparent.

Don’t be afraid of getting a different outcome to the one you wanted. Outcomes are not always in your control but making a good decision with the information you have available is within you circle of control.

The more you can apply a rational process to decision making at times you feel significant pressure and anxiety the better you will be at making them.


I’m Glin Bayley, Founder of Heart of Human, I work with established C-level and senior female executives to claim their equal seat at the table. My work focuses to help them to create a strong leadership impact and have confidence for the life they want.

Please reach out if you’d like a free one-hour video call to do a 360 diagnostic of where you need to focus your leadership and decision making during this time.

Email Glin@heartofhuman.com and put 360 Leadership in the subject title.

There is no obligation to work with me after this session, I won’t be selling anything to you – if you wanted to discuss working with me beyond that you would be most welcome to ask what that would look like, but only if that’s what you wanted. This session is a gift for a limited period to assist female leaders to lead with gravitas during this time.

Or feel free to understand what is getting in the way of your leadership, by completing the unstoppable human scorecard to see how unstoppable you are. https://unstoppablehuman.scoreapp.com/

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