Why Can’t I Make a Decision?

There's a number of reasons why making a decision can feel difficult or almost impossible. Here are some common reasons and some ways to change your perspective.

"I’m afraid of making the wrong choice."

It’s important to realize your decision does not have to be permanent. You can change your mind at any time. In reality, most people change careers 7-10 times in their lifetime. It is important to learn and grow from every experience.

"I’m afraid of taking a risk."

Taking a risk allows us to step out of our comfort zone and grow. When contemplating taking a risk, it is important to look at the big picture and decide how much risk you will be willing to take.


  • Everyone fails at some point. It is important to reflect on what your failure has taught you. If you think you might fail, how likely would that scenario be? What is the worst thing that will happen if you fail? How can you prevent it from happening?


  • Being successful is wonderful but it can also be scary. What if you succeed? What will happen if you can do it? How will you handle the stress success can bring?

"I’m getting pressure from my family and friends."

This can be a very difficult situation, especially if this is part of your culture or career expectations were determined years ago. If you feel comfortable to bring up the subject, make sure you prepare beforehand. When presenting new ideas, present the idea in a positive way by emphasizing the benefits of your choice. It may help to reach out to someone you can trust to talk about your concerns or alternatively book a meeting with our office.

"I have no choices. I have no idea what I would truly like to do."

Everyone has interests and values. Everyone has had past experiences where they have felt invincible. These experiences can come through education, work, volunteering or extra-curricular activities. 

"I have too many choices."

If you have already done your research into your desired occupations and know they are all strong, it might be time to listen to your gut. What occupation excites you the most? What would offer you the best chance to grow?